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LSU CB Tre’Davious White Could be a Fit in the Steel Curtain

Tre’Davious White, an all-SEC selection last year, is one of the top cornerbacks that will be available in this year’s NFL draft. White has the ability to be able to cover the slot or be a good man coverage corner. He has the quickness and explosiveness to always be able to be near a throw, he also has good reaction time. White can also do his job against the run due to his improved play along the line of scrimmage. Also, Tre’Davious has good special teams ability, as evidenced by his three return touchdowns throughout his college career.2013: 12 games, 55 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defensed

2014: 13 games, 33 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defensed

2015: 11 games, 44 tackles, 7 passes defensed

2016: 12 games, 35 tackles, 2 interceptions, 14 passes defensed

However, similarly to Adoree’ Jackson, White doesn’t have a big frame. Standing at 5’11, 192 lbs., Tre’Davious will have to deal with bigger receivers trying to post him up and make the contested catches on him. Also, White has been proven to be weak against vertical plays due to his struggle to open up his hips while in coverage. Finally, while this might not be a big concern, White only tallied six interceptions in his college career while playing very significant time in all four years.

White seems to be more of a finesse corner than a physical one, meaning that at pick 14 the Eagles might have Gareon Conley as a better fit. Overall, White has the talent to potentially be a starting NFL cornerback, but he needs to work on becoming more physical or else all he will ever be is a slot corner.

On the other hand, picking at #30 the Steelers need a slot cornerback in a bad way. William Gay has filled that role the past two seasons for Pittsburgh, but age is slowly creeping up on him. Senquez Golson was supposed to be that player, but Golson has yet to even see a preseason snap, let alone playing a meaningful regular season snap in the NFL.

If the Steelers are interested, however, they may have some competition on the draft board just before them. White also seems to be appearing on the Cowboys radar with the 28th selection. Dallas has invited the LSU standout in for a visit. However what many Dallas fans will likely hear about White are the comparisons to former Cowboys’ CB bust Morris Claiborne (drafted in 2012), now with the New York Jets. This won’t do the prospect many favors. He’ll certainly want to distance himself from the narrative he’s similar to the team’s most recently notable draft bust.

 

Draft projection: mid-first round to early second round

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