2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Tre'Davious White


School:          LSU
Ht:  5'-11"       Wt:  191
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #18
Position:      CB

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The passing era has opened up opportunities for many defensive backs of all sizes and skill sets. One combination that scouts are always on the hunt for is speed with length. That is where White fits in. He is a tall corner, with long arms, and very good athleticism. After watching four games from his junior year, I had to watch a few from his first two seasons where he was tested a bit more. Last fall, teams chose instead to test his freshmen counterparts. With both having very good seasons, White might see a little more action as a senior, which will give us a chance to truly evaluate how he has improved over his career.

White does not lack as an athlete like most tall corners are. He has very quick feet and flips his hips well. He is most comfortable playing close to the line of scrimmage. He uses his long arms to force receivers to commit to his outside or in so he can get on their hip. He is patient with his jam and often chooses to use a single arm punch to slow the receiver so he can get into good position. On the off occasion that he gets crossed up, he flips his hips and gets to full speed quickly to recover. His footwork really helps in this area.

He hasn't been tested downfield a lot, but he has the athleticism and ball skills to make plays against the deep ball. He doesn't have big interception numbers for a player that has started all but two games in his first three years but he has managed to get his hands on more passes than any teammate in that stretch. He has also been the starting punt returner for the last two seasons showing reliable hands and big-play ability.

There are some areas that concern me with his game. He doesn't play off-coverage much, but when he does, he doesn't seem as comfortable. Route recognition and instincts are both crucial in playing back and I don't think he grades high in either aspect. Part of that could be because he plays up so often but I just don't see the same confident player away from the line of scrimmage. He also doesn't appear to be a willing participant against the run. When the ball is coming his way he doesn't get involved unless it is absolutely necessary. He instead attempts to force the runner back inside which is part of his responsibility but with his athleticism, he is more than capable of shedding the blocker and making the play. When the ball doesn't make it to the outside, there isn't an overabundance of enthusiasm to get involved in the play. He just doesn't appear to have that desire to assert himself physically.

Overall, he is a bit of a finesse player but that can be said for a lot of corners coming out of college. What can't often be found is his combination of size and athleticism. It is also difficult to find a player that has started for nearly three full seasons at a premium position, at a school that has seen plenty of talented corners coming in every year. Jalen Collins, Jalen Mills, and Rashard Robinson have all played corner while White was at LSU and been drafted, and White usually outshined them. Finally, it is tough to find a player with his track record that has also been an exemplary student and person off the field. All of this should make a strong candidate to be selected in the first round next April.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (New York Giants)

- Terrific length for the position
- Extremely gifted feet
- Loose hips
- Opponents steered away from his a junior
- Added value as a reliable punt returner
- Good ball skills

- Must get more involved against the run
- Like to see him display more skills recognizing routes and reacting quickly
- Still wondering if he has elite straight-line speed to recover in the NFL

Austin Smith
August 3, 2016

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