Former Georgia Tech cornerback D.J. White has begun training for the draft and is hopeful for a spot in the Senior Bowl. White said Monday that he is an alternate to play in the premier pre-draft showcase game.
The Senior Bowl takes place Jan. 26-30 in Mobile, Ala. It would not be a surprise if White, a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets who collected seven interceptions and made 162 tackles, were to make it off the alternate list. Players who have accepted invitations to participate often pull out either to protect their draft position or because of injuries.
Last year, Tech All-American Shaquille Mason was a late addition to the game, then raised his profile among scouts with strong practices. He was ultimately drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots.
That White is being considered for the Senior Bowl is an indicator of his draft stock. White, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by CBS Sports. White said that, if he can’t get into the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game could be a possibility.
White has begun working out with Chip Smith, a note pre-draft trainer. Former Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy and safety Demond Smith are training there as well, working out in Duluth. White said training is about four hours a day, including position drills, agility and speed work and weight lifting.
“I feel great,” White said. “I’m feeling like I’m making a lot of strides working out there. The body feels good.”
Among other former Tech players, B-back Patrick Skov will play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl and safety Jamal Golden will compete in the East-West Shrine Game.