Keion White 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Three-star high school recruit
- Two-way starter in high school at tight end and defensive end
- Transferred from Old Dominion
- Scheme tendencies: 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting DE
Pros: Keion White is a well-built and dense-framed defensive end. He plays with good power on initial contact that can help soften edges and rush angles. His power in short spaces is effective. I like his potential as a reduced rusher on passing downs. White is a heavy-handed puncher that can disrupt an offensive lineman’s balance. His motor is evident and fun to watch—he does not give up on plays. Once he has defeated his blocker, White showcased good closing burst. Before transferring from Old Dominion, White switched positions from tight end to defensive end. This speaks to his surprising athleticism at his height and weight. He is a bit raw but the athleticism and frame he displays give hope for his potential.
Cons: Keion White has power and functional arm length but is not an ideal candidate to play reduced inside full-time. I do not see the ability to consistently handle two-gapping responsibilities. As an edge rusher, he lacks the flexibility and fluidity to turn the corner to flatten towards the QB. White is still new to the position after switching to DE in 2019. As a result, he lacks a diversified pass-rush package. White is overly reliant on his power and bull-rush moves to defeat blocks and collapse the pocket. His best usage for the league at this moment is playing the run on the edge in even fronts and reducing inside on passing downs.
Keion White NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson