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Tre'Davious White (born January 16, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU, where he was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2016. He was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Tre'Davious White
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White in 2018.
No. 27 – Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Born: (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 24)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Green Oaks
(Shreveport, Louisiana)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:123
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:26
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Early yearsEdit

White attended Green Oaks High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. He played both cornerback and quarterback in high school. He was rated by as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the fourth best cornerback and 18th best overall player in his class.[1] White committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football under head coach Les Miles.[2]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at LSU, White played in 13 games with 11 starts. He finished the season with 55 tackles and two interceptions.[3] As a sophomore in 2014 he started all 13 games and also served as the punt returner. He recorded 33 tackles, two interceptions and a punt return touchdown.[4][5] As a junior, he was chosen to wear the No. 18 jersey, which signifies the player with the best leadership qualities on the team.[6] He finished the year with 44 tackles and returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse. The Associated Press and Southeastern Conference (SEC) coaches both selected White for their All-SEC second team.[7][8] White was expected to be a late first-round choice in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he instead chose to return to LSU for his senior season.[9] After the season, he earned first-team All-SEC honors from the AP.[10] He was also a consensus All-American, earning first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Professional careerEdit

White was invited to the Senior Bowl and was set to play until he injured his ankle during practice.[11] He was able to raise his draft stock after practicing well and showing an ability to learn quickly while working with Cleveland Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for the Senior Bowl. He attended the NFL Combine and was able to complete all the combine and positional drills.

External video
  Tre'Davious White's NFL Combine Workout
  Tre'Davious White's 40-yard dash
  NFL Draft Profile: Tre'Davious White

White also participated at LSU's Pro Day and opted to attempt to beat his combine times in the 40, 20, and 10-yard dash, but was unable to.[12] NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be selected in the first or second round. He was ranked the third best cornerback in the draft by Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, and ESPN, ranked the fourth best cornerback by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, ranked the fifth best cornerback by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and ranked the seventh best cornerback by[13][14][15][16][17]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
192 lb
(87 kg)
32 18 in
(0.82 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.47 s 1.52 s 2.61 s 4.32 s 6.90 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
16 reps
All values are from NFL Combine[18]


The Buffalo Bills selected White in the first round (27th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the fifth cornerback drafted in 2017.[19]

External video
  Bills draft Tre'Davious White 27th overall
  Tre'Davious White gets selected in Round 1

On May 18, 2017, the Buffalo Bills signed White to a four-year, $10.09 million contract that includes $7.78 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5.47 million.[20]

Head coach Sean McDermott named White the No. 1 starting cornerback on the Bills' depth chart to start the regular season, alongside E. J. Gaines.[21]

White made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Buffalo Bills' season-opener against the New York Jets, recording four solo tackles and two pass deflections in Bills' 21–12 victory. On September 24, 2017, White recorded a season-high seven combined tackles, a season-high four pass deflections, and made his first career interception during a 26–16 victory against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. White intercepted a pass by quarterback Trevor Siemian to seal the Bills' victory in the fourth quarter.[22] He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.[23]

In Week 4, he made four combined tackles, a pass deflection, and returned a fumble recovery for his first career touchdown during a 23–17 upset win over the Atlanta Falcons.[24][25][26] On October 22, 2017, White tackled wide receiver Adam Humphries, forcing him to fumble the ball, and recovered it to set up the Bills' game-winning field goal during their 30–27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[27] On November 26, 2017, White intercepted a pass from quarterback Alex Smith and returned it 63 yards with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter of the Bills’ 16–10 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs.[28] In Week 13, White made five combined tackles, a pass deflection, and an interception during a 23–3 loss to the New England Patriots. The interception was a pass by quarterback Tom Brady intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski. Immediately after the play, Gronkowski jumped elbow-first onto White while he was still on the ground and drew a personal foul penalty. White suffered a concussion as a result of the hit. Gronkowski was upset, claiming that White should have been flagged for a pass interference penalty, but nonetheless was suspended one game for the hit.[29]

White started all 16 games as a rookie in 2017 and recorded 69 combined tackles (53 solo), 18 pass deflections, and four interceptions.[30] Pro Football Focus gave White an overall grade of 91.6, which ranked third among all qualifying cornerbacks in 2017. White was a finalist for 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but lost to Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints. [31] His performance helped Buffalo clinch a wild-card berth, their first playoff appearance since 1999. On January 7, 2018, White started in his first career playoff game and recorded a tackle and a pass deflection during the Bills' 10–3 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wildcard Game.[32]


In week 9 against the Chicago Bears, White intercepted quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and returned it for 37 yards in the 41–9 loss. White finished the 2018 season with 54 combined tackles, 8 passes defensed, and two interceptions as the Bills quietly finished with the second ranked pass defense.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

White has one son, Tre'Davious Jr., who was born shortly after he was drafted.[34][35]


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