The 2017 NFL draft is loaded with talented cornerbacks, which is causing some elite athletes to fly under the radar at the position. LSU’s Tre’Davious White is among those cornerbacks who aren’t receiving nearly enough hype as they prepare for the draft.
Part of the reason for White’s lack of coverage could be a hangover effect from his disappointing 2015 season. White allowed a completion rate over 50 percent during his junior year and surrendered five touchdowns.
Early in the 2015 season White was considered a candidate for early entry into the draft but, as his numbers indicate, his performance required a return to school to refine his skills.
In 2016, White demonstrated his dominance by locking down receivers on targets down the field. When targeted in coverage at least 10 yards downfield, White allowed just three receptions on 24 targets—a 12.5 percent completion rate.
White also dramatically improved his contested target rate, rising from a disappointing 31.9 percent in 2015 to a dominant 51.1 percent during his senior year.
Many quarterbacks started to avoid White late in the season, but Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was among those who went after him. Jackson threw White’s direction six times in the Citrus Bowl, but only completed two passes for 16 yards. White contested four of the targets, including one pass breakup.
Despite his junior-year struggles, White is a four-year starter who has shown growth throughout his years with the Tigers. His continued development should excite NFL teams and earn him consideration in the first-round of the the 2017 NFL draft. He’ll be competing with many other elite talents at the position, including some SEC rivals Quincy Wilson and Teez Tabor out of Florida. If White does fall to Day 2, he could end up as one of the steals of the 2017 NFL draft.