On his own, Tre'Davious White is making the Buffalo Bills look pretty smart at the moment.
Add in that the team traded down in the 2017 NFL Draft before selecting him – picking up a 2018 first-round pick from Kansas City for doing so – and it's looking like a stroke of genius.
White was honored as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for September on Wednesday. The 22-year-old from LSU leads the NFL with seven passes defensed. The analytics website Pro Football Focus ranks White tied for sixth among all cornerbacks, with Denver Aqib Talib. According to PFF's tracking, White has given up nine completions on 18 targets for 144 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Quarterbacks have a 53.9 rating when throwing at White. Against Denver on Sunday, White was targeted eight times, allowing four receptions for 65 yards while making his first career interception.
"I’m not so sure that they were necessarily making it a point to go after him, maybe they did, but they have two good receivers that balance out their offense, on both sides of the ball," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "Whether they were throwing it on one side or the other, they were going at someone. Like I mentioned earlier, with the resiliency of our defense, and the team as a whole, he didn’t back down. He competed like crazy. I thought our entire team competed throughout the game. The game we were behind, we were tied, we were ahead, it took on a lot of different forms, in terms of the complexion of the game throughout all four quarters. Tre’Davious, like the rest of the team, I thought came out in the second half and finished strong, with a winning mindset."