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LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White (18) leap into the air in celebration after Adams intercepted a pass thrown by Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts early in the first quarter, Saturday, November 5, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

INDIANAPOLIS – Patrick Peterson. Eric Reid. Morris Claiborne. LaRon Landry. Jalen Collins. Tyrann Mathieu. 

The list of LSU defensive backs who've recently been taken in the high reaches of the NFL draft is long and well-known, part of the program's reputation. 

Jamal Adams and Tre'Davious White will likely add their names to the list in less than two months. Adams, widely considered a top-10 pick, and White, who is one of a large group of cornerbacks vying for the first round, have a chance to further solidify their perception when the defensive backs take the field for physical testing on Monday.

"It's huge, even coming out, picking a college, it was definitely huge," Adams said about carrying on the legacy of LSU defensive backs in the NFL. "It is DBU. There's no other school. That pedigree and that brotherhood that's installed at LSU is beyond football."

Adams and White have carried that brotherhood all the way into the draft process. 

Both LSU players have been training for the draft at the EXOS facility in Arizona for months now, allowing them to go through the experience with a sense of camaraderie. 

And they're both acutely aware of the banner they're carrying.

"The coaching that we have, coach Corey Raymond," White said. "It's a standard that we have. Older guys always coming back, looking out for younger guys that are playing right now. It's a standard, and we hold every guy to that standard."

Despite their lofty perceptions in pre-draft rankings, both Adams and White feel like they have questions to answer in Indianapolis this week. 

For Adams, it's simply the perception that he's best suited to play in the box, rather than roaming deep and taking away half the field.

"I can play everything in the back end: coming down in the slot, come down on the tight end and cover," Adams said. "I can fill that A and B gap, be in the box. I can also play man-free. ... I get classified as a box safety which is not something that I like, but I understand, because I like being around the ball."

Proving an ability to do everything a team might need of a safety might be the difference in a tight race at the top of the draft.

With Ohio State safety Malik Hooker also projected to be a top-10 pick, there is something at stake for Adams, who'd like to be the first safety to hear his name called on August 28. 

"I know him a tad bit," Adams said of Hooker. "I'm pretty sure he feels he's the best. I know I feel I'm the best. I know I wouldn't respect him as a man, as a player, if he didn't feel he was the best DB in this class. Who's going to go where? We just want to be picked. We talk about it all the time. But there's definitely competition there."

The questions White keeps getting are questions asked of everybody at the draft. 

White's talent at cornerback is obvious, but players at the position often struggle to make an immediate impact. Teams want to know if White can absorb a scheme quickly, something he had to do at LSU, where he played for three defensive coordinators. 

"We're talking football," White said. "They want to know, can I get on the board? They want to know, do I have a high football IQ? I'm fortunate enough to come from LSU, so the transition is not going to be that difficult because we pretty much ran (a defense) like the NFL, so they just want to know if I really know football."

White also acknowledged that teams want to know how he feels about tackling, in part because his physicality has been questioned by some draft experts.

"I know tackling is an attitude," White said. "I bring that attitude. It’s definitely something I’m going to keep working on in the future."

Whatever teams decide, it's clear that Adams and White are both highly-coveted players in a deep class of defensive backs. 

With so many talented backs in Indianapolis, the numbers they put up in the 40-yard dash and the other tests at the NFL combine could make a big difference on draft day.

"It's really deep," Adams said.This class is full of potential. Hopefully, full of Hall of Famers one day. But we push each other. That's what it's about. We're here at the combine to compete."

Not that any LSU defensive back would ever back down from a challenge. 

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