4.) Tre’Davious White
The only reason why Tre White is not ranked higher on this list is because he still has to prove that his ACL injury is behind him as he looked uncomfortable in his return late last season. However, White also has an advantage because he was the first-round draft pick in 2017, the same off-season that McDermott was hired by the Bills so the two have worked together since then.
Not only that, but McDermott knows what it takes to play in the secondary as a former defensive back himself. Now that the trio of White, Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer will be back on the same field since November of 2021, McDermott should be able to set up White for a bounce back year and even have his best season of his career.
The Bills have done a great job as a pass defensive unit under McDermott and there is no reason why it should not be sustained under McDermott. Part of this success is because of the way White has transitioned into the NFL since his rookie season.
His best season took place in 2019 (six interceptions, two forced fumbles, 58 combined tackles and did not allow a single touchdown). Will White be able to replicate this season? Now that the head coach is in charge of the defense, there is an argument to be made for it.