08/21/2013 - TOP AUBURN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. DT Jeffrey Whitaker (6-3, 307, 5.32)...If Auburn is going to surprise in 2013 they are going to need some breakout performances. Blessed with good size, a quick first step off the snap and plenty of experience (18 career starts), Whitaker is a logical candidate to supply one. Whitaker signed with Auburn as a highly regarded prep prospect out of Georgia. He appeared in 14 games during Auburns' BCS title run (seven tackles on the year) and emerged as a full-time starter as a sophomore, logging 25 tackles, including two for loss. His numbers tailed off last season (12 tackles, one for loss) after he suffered an undisclosed injury which sidelined him for three games.
Whitaker looks the part of an NFL defensive lineman. He possesses a stout frame and shows both lateral agility and balance to avoid blockers to put himself in position to make plays. Whitaker appears hesitant to commit when he has ball-carriers in his sights, however, and isn't a particularly physical player, overall. At this time Whitaker simply doesn't make enough plays to warrant a draft selection, though he certainly could change that with the breakout campaign Auburn fans have been expecting since he arrived on campus. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com