5 players the Patriots could have drafted over Keion White in 2023

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YaYa Diaby 

Diaby is probably the most direct comparison to White. He’s an inch shorter and 20lbs lighter, but he has the same versatility as White. He’s listed as an OLB but sacked Bryce Young after lining up at defensive tackle. 

The Buccaneers didn’t take Diaby until the third round. He was the 82nd pick out of Louisville. He had a relatively quiet first two years in college, making just 1.5 sacks in his first two seasons. But in his senior year, his productivity skyrocketed; he made nine sacks and 14 tackles for a loss in 13 games in the ACC. 

He led the Buccaneers with 7.5 sacks during the regular season; 2 came against the 49ers. And Lavonte David was the only Buccaneer to make more tackles for a loss than Diaby’s 12. 

Kobie Turner 

The Rams drafted Turner in the third round. He was the 89th pick, 43 picks after White was taken. He’s only 2lbs lighter than White but is 3 inches shorter.  

While Turner isn’t a direct White comparison, he’s been a nose tackle for the Rams and has the quickness to lineup on the edge. He’s added some much-needed dynamism alongside Aaron Donald. 

Turner has made 8 tackles for a loss this season and he’s recorded 16 QB hits alongside his 9 sacks! 

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