Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White makes ESPN Top 100 list
The Buffalo Bills starting cornerback was the only player to make ESPN’s list predicting the Top 100 players of 2019.
After being shut out of NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2019, the Buffalo Bills had one player sneak in on ESPN’s list that predicted the Top 100 players for the upcoming season. The list was compiled by a group of 40 ESPN NFL experts who were asked to rate players based more on their potential than their past achievements.
In his third season in the league, cornerback Tre’Davious White is starting to develop a reputation as a player on the rise. He just barely sneaks in on this list, coming in at number 97 and Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN wrote:
"97. Tre’Davious WhiteCB | BillsAge: 242018 rank: 100Simply put, White is usually too quick to separate from. He’s not the biggest or most physical corner, but he closes quickly and has good enough hands to send an opposing offense back to its sideline. Coupled with one of the league’s best safety duos behind him, White is a tough corner to test. — Marcel Louis-JacquesSignature stat: According to NFL Next Gen Stats, White was the nearest defender on 64 targets last season, 25 more than any other Bills player. His completion percentage against was 59.4%, which was lower than league average of 61%.2019 projection: 59 tackles, 2 INTs"
The Bills starting cornerback was the fifth cornerback drafted that year behind players like Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree Jackson, and Gareon Conley. However, only Lattimore made this list for ESPN at 53 among cornerbacks taken in the first round that year.
While he will be compared to other cornerbacks from his draft class, he also will be connected to Patrick Mahomes. He was the player the Bills selected after trading back with the Kansas City Chiefs, who selected the quarterback at 10th overall.
Even though they are connected, it would be impossible, and frankly unfair, to compare the careers of Mahomes and White to this point due to the positions they play. However, the one thing it doesn’t do is take away from the fact that White has developed into a very good cornerback. At only 24 years of age, he has shown that he can not only be a lockdown corner but force turnovers with six interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Another year of experience in Sean McDermott’s defense, along with playing with safeties like Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, sets Tre’Davious White up to have another good year for the Buffalo Bills.