One of the most well known facts about college football is that LSU produces top tier defensive talent, especially in the secondary. Excellent NFL players such as Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Jalen Collins, and Jalen Mills are just some of the many high end prospects to come from LSU.
With so much talent surrounding him, the most impressive aspect of Tre’Davious White’s collegiate career may be the fact that he has been a starter since his freshman year. The four year starter also finished as a first team All American this past season along with being a Thorpe Finalist for the Nation’s best cornerback.
To go along with his impressive track record of starting all four years, White totaled 111 tackles in his career with 6 interceptions and 34 passes defended. White also returned a punt for a touchdown in each of his past three seasons at LSU.
Statistically, White does look like he could be one of the top corner backs in this class, especially with that impressive 34 passes defended in his career. If he can clean up a few minor flaws in his game, White could up being one of the steals of this draft.
Name: Tre’Davious White
Size: 5’11”/ 192
Comparison: Morris Claiborne
Draft Grade: Early 2nd Round
Positives: Excellent footwork off the line of scrimmage, has the ability to match quicker receivers. Very aggressive at attacking the ball in the air, perhaps the best in the class at it. Press ability is top notch, has great hand usage and possesses the quickness to recover when beat. Instincts are well above average, always around the ball which is evident by the amount of passes broken up the last few years. Closing ability along with ability to mirror receivers make him one of the better man cover corners in this class. Experience covering other top tier NFL guys such as Amari Cooper has prepared him well for the next level. Special team experience as a returner and as a gunner will prove to be valuable for NFL teams.
Negatives: Hips are really stiff at times, struggles to turn and run with receivers. Also not a great athlete, this combined with his stiff hips will hurt him in the NFL, especially covering faster receivers. Not the greatest defender in run support, tends to sit back and play soft when run plays are to his side. Size is a bit of a concern, will get pushed around by bigger guys in the NFL. Really needs to improve all around physicality to succeed at the next level.
Overview: Tre’Davious White has the quick feet and hand usage to excel in press coverage and the read and react skills to succeed in cover two and three concepts as well. The athletic limitations he has may prevent him from developing into a top tier guy but he should be a solid player for years to come. He likely will struggle as a number one corner where he’d have to cover quicker and faster number one receivers but could find a nice niche in the NFL as a solid number two corner. His coverage ability is well above average and if he can fix up some tackling issues, White should have a long career as a number two corner for a team.