The Buffalo Bills passed on two quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, opting to trade back in the first round rather than select Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. While the wisdom of passing on those two players can be debated, one thing is clear: the Bills made a fantastic selection when they picked LSU corner Tre’Davious White.
In the latest installment of our “90 players in 90 days” segment, we look at the man who should have been named Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.
Name: Tre’Davious White
Height/Weight: 5’11” 192 lbs.
Draft: Selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft
Financial situation (per Spotrac): White enters the second year of his rookie contract, a four-year pact that totals $10,091,110 in value. For the 2018 season, his cap hit is $2,293,434.
2017 Recap: There’s no other way to say it: White came into the league and immediately played at an elite level. He had 4 interceptions and 18 passes defended as a rookie. He also made 69 tackles and recovered 2 fumbles, returning one for a score that ended up being the decisive moment in a 23-17 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He was named rookie of the year by Pro Football Focus, which also graded him at a 92 for the season, an “elite” ranking.
Positional outlook: White is the clear number one corner in the Bills’ secondary. He is joined by veteran Vontae Davis and fellow newcomer Phillip Gaines. The Bills also have Breon Borders, Lafayette Pitts, Levi Wallace, taron Johnson, and Ryan Carter in camp at the corner position.
2018 Offseason: White has attended all offseason workouts to date, and he has run with the starting unit for the entirety of his time in red, white, and blue. He also has mentioned how he feels snubbed by the national media a lot.
2018 season outlook: The Bills found an elite corner at the end of the draft’s first round last season. White’s talents fit head coach Sean McDermott’s scheme perfectly, and his infectious personality makes him an easy player to root for. After an incredible rookie season, the sky is the limit for White, and he should only continue to improve.