NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tre’Davious White

Cornerback #18
Senior 6’0″ 197

  • Fast
  • Quick feet
  • Great ball skills
  • Can get beat off the ball
  • Poor tackler
  • Man/zone coverage
  • K/P returner

A five star recruit coming out of Green Oaks High School in Shreveport, Louisiana Tre’Davious White chose to stay in state and attend LSU. He was the second ranked cornerback in the entire country and the ninth ranked player overall. He appeared in all thirteen games at LSU his freshman year and started in eleven of them, earning a spot on the Freshman All-SEC team. His sophomore year he started every game of the year and also served as the punt returner. His junior year he earned second team All-SEC honors and for the second consecutive year served as the primary punt returner.

White returned to LSU for his senior year and was awarded the number 18, a tradition at LSU, as a symbol of the leadership and success he embodies. He is a very good athlete at the corner position and can handle both man and zone responsibilities. The senior cornerback has the speed to close on the ball and has the ball skills to either knock the pass down or create a turnover. He gets beat off the ball so his press cover skills are sub-par but has the speed to make up for that, however that will not always work in NFL.

As good as he is in coverage he is lacking that much in run support. His ability to tackle is not the issue it is his willingness to make the tackle. If he is the only man there he will get low and try to get the runner down but if there are teammates there before him he will rely on them to make the tackle. Against Florida in 2016 this was painfully evident as he avoided tackle after tackle.

White can also contribute as a special teams player as a kick and punt returner which will improve his value. He has very quick feet and seems to be a play maker so if the ball is ever in his hands you better pay attention. He has good size for a cornerback and long arms to bat down balls and hopefully improve on press coverage.

NFL Comparison: Marcus Peters

He reminds me a lot of Peters in terms of athleticism and potential when Peters was coming out of Washington. They both have the same ability to be put on an island and hold down that island very well. Neither one is a great tackler but when it comes to covering receivers they can be relied on heavily. They both have those long arms and their feet share the same cat-like quickness.

Round Value: 1-2

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