NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
The DVR is filling up quickly with games to watch and prospects to scout. The problem is time. Where is it going? This fall has been crazy to say the least. If it is not work, it is a rambunctious 3 year old begging for time. This past weekend, I had to, I mean I had to, travel back to watch the Cyclones play in potentially their last winnable game of the season. But to show you my dedication, here I am on my wedding anniversary (love you, honey) writing about yet another corner back who could hear his name called when the Patriots finally get on the clock.
Name: Tre’Davious White (#18, was #16 until this year)
School: LSU (Jr.)
Weight: 191 Lbs
Games watched: vs. Miss. St, vs. Auburn, vs. Syracuse
|2015 Game Log||Tackles||Interceptions|
|9/5||McNeese State||Cancelled||No statistics available.|
|9/12||@Mississippi State||W 21-19||6||5||1||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|10/3||Eastern Michigan||W 44-22||1||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
From a physical standpoint, White has a prototypical NFL corner build. He is not a tall corner that has become all the rage the last few years, but he has adequate height and looks to have long arms. He plays wide outs with good physicality but is not overly grabby. He does not win every battle, but he held his own against the much bigger, more physical De’Runnya Wilson. White football intelligence has improved from year to year and it really showed up in the Auburn game several times when he read the wheel route and passed off his receiver to the safety to take the running back. Watching the plays back several times, you could see that the quarterback was intending to throw to the running back but had to tuck and run because the play was just was not there. White showed very good movement skills in the games I watched as well. He stays low in his back pedal and he is able to flip his hips quickly and smoothly. White also showed off his athleticism by returning punts. He has good speed and shiftiness to elude would be tacklers. So far this year, White has not been thrown at all that much. As I said above, he held his own in the Mississippi State game. He gave up some catches, but they were contested. In the other games, I just didn’t get to see enough to really comment on his ball skills. I suppose if you are covering so well that the other team doesn’t throw at you, that is a good thing.
There is not a lot of negatives to talk about when you look at White’s game. One area of concern for me is his effort when it comes to tackling. For a guy who plays so physical in the passing game and a guy who returns punts, he just doesn’t look like he wants anything to do with taking down the player with the ball. Now I know that his tackling ability is not what will get him drafted high or be what makes him successful at the next level, but his effort level on some plays that he could have made or helped his teammates make at times was disturbing. I got the sense that he would much rather let someone else do the dirty work. Another thing that caught my attention but was not as egregious was his technique. At times his footwork would get a little sloppy and it led to him playing higher than normal. It never really hurt him in the games I watched, but it is something I want to keep an eye on. It showed up late in the MSU game and that was when he started giving up catches to Wilson. He did recover however and finished the game on a high note.
White is another guy in the long line of quality players at the corner back position to come out of LSU. Is he the best of the bunch, no, but he has all the tools to play at high level in the NFL. For me, the concern comes in the form of effort and tackling. I want to see him step up and be a factor when the ball is not thrown to the guy his is covering. Too many plays where he is content with letting his teammates make plays that he could have made or at least helped make. If he can learn to put as much effort into the other aspects of playing defense as he does into his coverage, he could be special. He is a guy I definitely want to watch more of this year.
We all know about LSU running back Leonard Fournette, but a guy that kept catching my attention was #33 Jamal Adams. He is only a sophomore, so he is not draft eligible, but he has already shown a very intriguing combination of size, speed, and physicality. He has played safety, linebacker, and corner already this year and should be a name to keep on your radar in the next couple of years.
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