Devin White and Devin Bush Lead Race to Be First Linebacker Taken in 2019 NFL Draft

By Kevin Nardone
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The oddsmakers have spoken, and it looks like this year's race to be the first linebacker taken in the 2019 NFL Draft is one between two Devins.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, LSU's Devin White (-480) is the current betting favorite to be the first linebacker selected in this year's draft. Michigan's Devin Bush (+260) has the second-best odds, while Minnesota's Blake Cashman (+5000) and Alabama's Mack Wilson (+5000) are tied for a distant third.

Devin White finished his collegiate career with an amazing 2018-19 season for the Tigers. With 123 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six passes defended last season, White earned the 2018 Butkus Award, which is bestowed upon the best college football linebacker in the country.

And as it turns out, the oddsmakers are in agreement with the Butkus Award's selection committee.

White has phenomenal speed, especially for a linebacker that weighs in around 240 pounds, running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It seems like Devin Bush is the only other linebacker with a chance to go before White, but it only takes one team or general manager with an eye for a lower-rated prospect like Bush to make that happen.


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