Tre White wants Bills to draft ex-LSU teammates, including one he gave Gronk advice to
The more, the merrier… right?
The Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Tre’Davious White with their first-round pick in 2017 (27th overall). White, long snapper Reid Ferguson, and beloved defensive tackle Kyle Williams, all played college football at LSU.
Wide receiver Malachi Dupre, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, also went to LSU.
Not enough for Tre.
White joined Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network on Thursday and before signing off, he gave a shout to a couple of former teammates in cornerback Donte Jackson and defensive end Arden Key.
Both are draft hopefuls from LSU and White said he’s trying to get both to Buffalo.
“I know we’ve got another cornerback spot open,” White said. “So we there at 21 and 22, I believe we have in draft picks. I’m trying to put in a good word for Arden Key if he’s there, and Donte Jackson. It would be great to have two LSU guys on the defense with me.”
Buffalo’s revamped secondary in 2017 included cornerback EJ Gaines who is going to become free agent unless the Bills re-sign him. Gaines’ estimated value is $9.3 million per season, according to Spotrac.
The Bills have just under $30 million is cap space, so signing Gaines could be tough. But not impossible.
Filling Gaines’ shoes could be Jackson. Some national mock drafts, such as WalterFootball.com, have Jackson being selected by Buffalo.
Jackson is particular interesting because of a bit of advice he reportedly was given by White.
According to Jen Slater of NFL Network, Jackson said White gave him a little advice as he preps for his rookie season: Don’t intercept a pass intended for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Earlier this year, Gronk gave White a concussion late in a contest, which the Bills’ corner still appears to be upset about. Gronkowski was issued a one-game suspension. White did not miss time.
Jackson is viewed as one of the faster prospects as the NFL combine opens next week. Key had a tough final season at LSU this year, having spent time away from the program.