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Dewayne White

SELECTED BY ARIZONA , ROUND 3, PICK 1, OVERALL PICK 64
DE | (6-2, 273, 4.74) | Louisville
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Fourth-year junior who probably needed another year to reach his full potential but came out before his senior season. High school running back and linebacker who rushed for 1,805 yards and 29 touchdowns and had 120 tackles on defense. Also was a three-time all-state basketball player in Alabama. Had he not hurt his knee in high school, he probably would have attended Alabama or Auburn. Redshirted at Louisville in 1999. Freshman All-American in 2000, when he had 52 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one interception and five passes broken up. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a Pro Football Weekly first-team All-American in '01, despite playing much of the year with a broken hand. Registered 86-23-15-0-4. First-team All-Conference USA in '02, when he added to his school career sack record (37½) with 10½ sacks despite playing with a high ankle sprain. White also had 57 tackles and 15½ tackles for loss. He also blocked one kick and recovered a fumble.

Positives: A superactive, quick, sudden, explosive and disruptive player. Has some Bruce Smith-like qualities. The more he plays, the better he will get. Productive, warrior-type who is willing to play hurt. Good changing directions. Starting to put forth more effort and prepare toward end of the season and clearly took his workout at the Scouting Combine seriously.

Negatives: Still learning the position. Is not as big as teams would like in terms of height. Stands up against the run. Looked sluggish and even heavy at times in '02. Doesn't always recognize and anticipate. Seems to lose focus easily.

Summary: With more effort and better coaching, he could become a force in the NFL.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.