If there’s anything Louisiana residents love as their LSU Tigers, it might be their New Orleans Saints, so needless to say, a union of the two would be a joyous occasion. According to one 2017 mock draft, it just might happen for Tre’Davious White.
While ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. didn’t even include the LSU cornerback in the first round of his first mock, NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah certainly did. In fact, Jeremiah has White going as high as 11th overall — to the New Orleans Saints.
“White is one of the most improved players in the country and played at a very high level in 2016,” he wrote. “His ball skills and toughness would be a great addition to the Saints’ defense.”
White is the seventh defensive player taken in Jeremiah’s mock, and the fourth in the secondary. He’s also the third LSU player projected to be taken, with safety Jamal Adams going fourth overall and running back Leonard Fournette going eighth.
It would be a hometown dream come true for the 6-foot, 197-pound defensive back, who hails from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Kiper’s been a bit lower on White since last offseason, when his junior season wasn’t quite as dynamic as he’d hoped it would be.
“He didn’t have the great year I thought he would,” Kiper said last January, via NOLA.com. “Another year would help him. He would be in the first-round discussion with teams needing corners like Pittsburgh, Seattle and Carolina (all late in the first round). There’s plenty of opportunities if he did decide to come out.”
While there’s still quite a disparity between the 11th overall pick and missing the first round entirely, it seems draft analysts relatively are on the same page about White’s talent level. And he responded to a poor season in 2015, too, posting his best in a Tigers uniform during his senior year.
In 12 games, White had 35 tackles (four for loss), half a sack, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed and a return touchdown in 2016. He’s also got extensive return experience in his four years, making him a valuable asset in the special teams game as well.
Only time will tell if his fairy tale story will have a homecoming, but one thing is for certain: There’d be one heck of a party in NOLA if it did.
h/t to 247 Sports