Devin White has joined the NFL’s Top 100 list for the first time in his career, debuting at 28th as voted on by his fellow players. Of course, division rival Christian McCaffrey saw this coming a mile away when he said to White in week two of last season “You know you’re the best in the league, right?”
Maybe not yet, but it appears the other NFL players believe White is well on his way.
White joins teammates Tristan Wirfs (89), Shaquil Barrett (88), Chris Godwin (81), Jason Pierre-Paul (59), Mike Evans (48), and Lavonte David (43). He was also the only Buccaneers player featured on this weeks portion of the countdown listing 40 through 11. That means Tom Brady will be on next week’s top ten countdown marking eight Buccaneers on the countdown - the most by one team in a single year.
White made his biggest noise in the postseason with a key fumble recovery and interception in the divisional round against the New Orleans Saints then an interception on Patrick Mahomes’ final pass attempt in Super Bowl LV, a 31-9 victory for White and the Buccaneers.
"I wouldn't be surprised if @DevinWhite__40 was looked at as the best linebacker in the league for the next decade."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 22, 2021
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Teammate Chris Godwin brought up that Divisional round interception, citing the stiff arm White gave Saints receiver Marquez Callaway, calling it “some disrespectful stuff,” and saying “that man has a family.”
Many criticized the Buccaneers for their selection of White in the 2019 NFL Draft, claiming it was a bad idea to take an off-ball linebacker in the top five of a draft. It appears the Buccaneers made the right decision as they may have the best linebacker in the NFL for the next decade or more.
The final episode of the NFL’s Top 100 countdown - covering the top ten players for 2021 - will air on NFL Network on Saturday, August 28.