The Bills continued to add reinforcements to their league-worst run defense in the 2011 NFL Draft by selecting Mississippi State inside linebacker Chris White with the 169th pick.
White’s a hitter. No doubt about that. He racked up 110 tackles (including 15.5 for loss) with six sacks in his senior season at MSU. He certainly fits the mold of the type of player Buddy Nix has picked in this draft: rugged, hard-working guys who were very productive against high-level competition in college.
As with any player drafted this late, White has some limitations. He’s fairly fast in a straight line but not particularly athletic otherwise. Strength is a bit of an issue, and I think he will struggle to shed blockers at the NFL level. He’s adequate but not any better in coverage.
All you can hope for at this point in the draft is a guy who can provide some quality depth and play some special teams. White’s a high-effort guy and he’ll definitely have a good chance to stick around come the regular season.
Of note, White was a member of the South Senior Bowl squad coached by the Bills coaching staff. Gailey and his staff must have been at least a little impressed.