Packers Draft Preview: LSU CB Tre'Davious White
LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White left college in style, penning an open letter to the fans who watched him the previous four seasons.
“I wouldn't trade the sleepless nights studying for an exam or the early morning workouts during the summer for anything,” he wrote, “because they helped make me the 21-year old man that I am today. I want to thank everyone who had a part in contributing to my success here at LSU.”
“Success” is perhaps a bit of an undersell for White, who jumped into the starting lineup at LSU midway through his freshman season and never left, earning All-America and All-SEC honors along the way.
With the Packers in need of help in the secondary, could White make his next big leap in Green Bay?
What are White’s strengths?
- Experienced corner who played virtually his entire isolated in man coverage
- Versatile enough to excel in man and zone coverage
- Allowed just 41.7% completion rate on passes thrown his direction in 2016
- Can return punts and kicks
What are White’s weaknesses?
- Slightly built (think Damarious Randall)
- Not great in run support
- Not overly fast
- Few splash plays in coverage
How does White fit with the Packers?
Beyond the obvious need at corner, Tre’Davious White may not be a great fit in Green Bay. He’s very similar in body type and skills to Damarious Randall, and the Packers could probably use some diversity among their corners.
That said, his strengths align with what the Packers like their corners to be able to do, and his return ability could help him get on the field early in his career.
Will the Packers draft Tre’Davious White?
If the Packers want to improve their secondary, a player like White would be a good move. The question is whether he’ll be available at 29. Though he’s viewed by some as a borderline first round pick, cornerbacks now enjoy a higher priority on most draft boards and that could push him towards the middle of the first round.
Still, one has to think that if he’s on the board at 29, the Packers will think about White long and hard.