In this 2017 NFL Draft Profile, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of cornerback Tre’Davious White, out of LSU.
One of the best defensive backs in LSU history, cornerback Tre’Davious White was a four-year starter for the Tigers from 2013-2016. White’s career took off much faster than anticipated. After just three games into his true Freshmen season, White broke into the starting line-up and went on to start 47 consecutive games.
The young cornerback finished his career at LSU with 167 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 34 pass breakups, and six interceptions. His registered 34 pass breakups are tied at No. 5 for most by a cornerback in LSU history. White also achieved four total touchdowns during his college career, three punt returns, and one pick-six. White stands at 5’11” and weighs in at 191 pounds, has a 31 and a half-inch arm length and 8 3/4″ hands.
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Patient in coverage. Defended 15 passes on 42 targets last season. Special teams experience with three years as a punt returner and recorded a return touchdown each season. An explosive cornerback with quick feet and solid speed. Impressive in the slot position. Ability to play tight coverage and sticks to opposing receivers. A versatile defensive back. Awarded the #18 jersey for LSU.
Has a relatively slim body frame for a cornerback. Recorded a career total six interceptions while seeing a large amount of playing time in his college career. Needs improvement in tackling opposing receivers. Avoids contact for the most part. Scouts have used the term soft when referring to his style of play. Gives receivers plenty of room to make the two-step catch before making contact.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
According to SECCountry.com, analysts such as Mel Kiper Jr. didn’t include White in his first-round mock draft. However, Daniel Jeremiah had White going in the first-round so it will be interesting to see what transpires. White has the tools and athleticism to be a valuable cornerback and special teams player for whichever team gives him a call come draft day. Scouts don’t necessarily view him as an every-down cornerback but he should compete early for slot duties.