Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White earned the highest grade among first-round draft picks by Pro Football Focus as the chart below shows and was named the site's rookie of the year.
White graded out at a 92 – one of only three rookies to exceed 90. The others were San Francisco running back Reuben Foster and New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
White was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team on Tuesday.
Here is a transcript of a conversation with White from after the Bills were eliminated from the playoffs:
Q: You probably haven’t had a whole lot of time to think about this, but just reflecting on Year One and how everything went and maybe the biggest takeaways you took from your first year in the NFL ...
A: Obviously, we didn’t get the outcome we wanted but we had a great run. We set a great standard for years to come, just for us having young guys on this team and a first-year coach – he set that standard. I feel like the first year, I had a great year. Obviously, some things I still need to work on but it’s a great start and I feel like for years to come, this team is going to be hell for the rest of the league.
Q: You came up short, even holding [the Jaguars] to 10 points, but what is your overall feeling coming out of a Wild Card loss like that?
A: You know, anytime you lose in the league, it’s a bad feeling and to know that as a team, we fought so hard and played a great game but we came out not on the winning end so that’s a disappointing thing. I feel like this team, we had a special group and we did a great job of overcoming adversity the whole year. I can go to war these guys every Sunday, like I said.
Q: Does this season with making the playoffs and snapping the drought, obviously you guys didn’t get to where you wanted to be with the ultimate goal, but does it still feel like a success or is it still too early to judge?
A: I don’t know, man. I’m a competitor. I want to win each and every game and I wanted to be in the last one. Anytime you come out and do that, it’s a disappointment just being the competitor that I am. I would say snapping that 17-year drought, it was a big step and now we laid the foundation and we know what to expect for years to come.
Q: Tre, what was it like being in this city with these fans? There were so many memorable moments this year beyond just breaking the drought. What was it like just being a part of this community for all of this?
A: Aw, man. It was fun. I’ve learned to embrace it. I love it here. Hopefully I’m here for the long-term because coming from a rich college town where they take football seriously and coming here, I don’t see any difference. The people here and the fans that we have here are probably the best in the NFL. I haven’t seen [any] spirit like this since I’ve been in college so it’s definitely a plus to land in a spot like here, like Buffalo, where the people are behind you no matter what so it’s a good feeling.