Name: Tre'Davious White
Position fit: Cornerback, spend time both at outside corner and in the slot at LSU
Stats to know: Allowed a completion percentage of 41.7 percent on throws into his coverage in 2016
What he does best:
- Aggressive player, willing to trust his instincts and attack the ball. Sometimes to a fault, but helped allow a completion percentage of just 41.7 percent this past season.
- Fantastic athlete who doubled as a punt returner. Can put points on the board both on defense and special teams.
- Showed enough speed and athleticism to recover deep when needed.
- Smooth mover who transitions well, can recover, and stay on top of double moves
- Plays the ball well. His 12 pass breakups were tied for third in the nation, and he also had two interceptions
- Improved tremendously in coverage from 2015 to 2016. His NFL passer rating allowed dropped from 114.4 to 60.6, his touchdowns allowed dropped from six to three, and his completion percentage allowed dropped from 57.7 percent to 41.7 percent.
- Really solid tackler in 2016, especially for a defensive back. Missed just five tackles, ranking in the top 21 percent of all cornerbacks with at least 500 defensive snaps this year.
- Versatile enough to play in the slot and on the outside, playing in both spots during his college career.
- Struggled in 2015 before bounceback 2016.
- Can get a little flat footed at times, cost him a long touchdown on a slant against Texas A&M.
- Aggression did get him into trouble at times, and got beat down the right sideline on another play against Texas A&M.
- Can get too caught up focusing on the receiver and not looking for the ball. Gave up a catch of 30 or more yards in three of the final six games of the year and could have prevented this by getting his head turned around.
- Lost focus in off coverage on occasion, and looked far more comfortable when he got to press the receiver.
Player comparison: Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Jones plays much bigger than his listed 5-foot-9 and he’s handled responsibilities playing on the outside despite having the look of a slot corner. White can have a similar career, holding his own at outside corner while bringing the versatility to kick inside if necessary.
Bottom line: White stands out despite a deep cornerback class due to his ability to play on the outside and in the slot. He can hold his own against bigger receivers while showing the shiftiness to stick with better route-runners, making him a versatile option in the secondary. He had strong years in 2014 and 2016, sandwiched around an average 2015, so there are some question marks about his consistency, but at his best, White is capable of sticky coverage with playmaking ability.