1. He contributed early in a loaded LSU secondary. A top-five prospect nationally out of Shreveport, La., White arrived at LSU in 2013 and stepped into the starting lineup by Week Three. He made the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team with 55 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed. By the time he was a senior in 2016, he was named a Walter Camp first-team All-American, as well as first-team All-SEC selection by the conference’s coaches and Associated Press.
2. His character is top notch. White wore jersey No. 18 at LSU as a junior and senior. That number is reserved for players who lead “on and off the field” with a selfless attitude. Bills coach Sean McDermott stressed character during the pre-draft process, and in drafting White lived up to his word.
3. He’s intelligent … and versatile. White was the valedictorian at Green Oaks High School in Shreveport. He has also earned his degree in sports administration at LSU. “He was a four-year starter in the SEC, so that tells you something. He’s not flashy or sexy, but he’s one of the more solid cornerbacks in this draft,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “Even though we don’t talk about him like other players in this draft, he’s still a good football player.”
4. White became the first non-offensive player in LSU history to score touchdowns in the first two games of a season when he returned an interception 21 yards for a score against Wisconsin and a punt 60 yards for a touchdown against Jacksonville State in 2016.
5. He’s got the ball skills McDermott is after. White finished with 14 pass breakups in 2016, which ranked eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision. McDermott has stressed that as being a must for his defensive backs. According to the analytics website Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks had just a 60.6 passer rating against White in 2016. Although tackling is mentioned in his nfl.com scouting report as being one of his weaknesses, PFF charged him with missing just five tackles all of last year. McDermott expressed no worries about his tackling ability when discussing the pick.