PHILADELPHIA — Tre'Davious White looked at the reporter as if he were crazy.

"A lot of talk about DBU," the reporter started with White on Wednesday, the day before the NFL draft. "Spoke to (UConn safety) Obi Melifonwu. He says UConn is the new DBU. Is LSU the true DBU?"

In a polite tone, White shot back: "Come on, man. You know the answer to that. History speaks for itself, going back to guys we have coming out of LSU — Craig Steltz, Corey Webster, Chevis Jackson, Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Ed Reid, Tyrann Mathieu, Ron Brooks. I could keep on going."

Now White can add Jamal Adams to the list. And himself. 

Adams, the Texas native and three-year starter with the Tigers, and White, the four-year starter from Shreveport, became the fourth and fifth defensive backs from LSU picked in the first round since 2011 on Thursday night, helping continue the program's tradition of churning out the nation's best secondary players. 

Adams was picked sixth by the Jets, and White was chosen No. 27 to the Bills.

In 2011 and 2012, LSU produced the top defensive back selected in consecutive drafts — a first by any school since the NFL’s merger in 1970. 

Add 2017 to that list, as Adams was the first DB chosen. White's pick gave the Tigers a whopping 12 total defensive backs selected since 2011. 

The school touts itself as DBU — and rightfully so, said Ike Taylor, a New Orleans native and former Steelers cornerback.


"One, the history of the guys coming out. They want to be better (than) the past guys," he said Wednesday. "Two, they play a lot of man. A lot of teams in college don't play a lot of man. So when you get corners who play a lot of man, defensive coordinators look at it like, 'I can help this guy play zone. That's easy. I can call man all day.'

"Going from a zone corner to a man corner, the mindset is totally different," Taylor continued. "When you got guys coming out of LSU, they're man-ready. Put them in zone a couple of times, they think they're catching a break."

Taylor called Adams the "total package" and compares him to former All-Pros like LaRon Landry and Sean Taylor. Others compare Adams to former LSU superstar Tyrann Mathieu. 

Adams' LSU career was marked by crushing hits, game-changing sacks and critical pass breakups. His instincts and versatility are his greatest strengths, experts and analysts say. 

Many around the LSU program say Adams helped hold together a fractured team when coach Les Miles was fired four games into last season.

"He could have easily said, ‘This team ain’t going anywhere,’ ” said Mike Detillier a draft analyst for WWL Radio and a friend to coach Ed Orgeron. "He became a leader, a more vocal leader on that football team. That defense didn’t let up. They were suffocating teams last year."

Adams turned to the camera after being drafted.

"We're going to get this thing going, back to the Super Bowl," he said.

White isn't as flashy as his former teammate and future division rival (the Bills and Jets are both in the AFC East), but he started 47 of a possible 49 games in his career. 

White returned to school for his senior season, developing better versatility to guarantee himself a first-round selection. It worked — three hours into the first round. Four cornerbacks were selected before White realized his dream.

White grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in north Shreveport. He didn't even have a bed as a high schooler, sharing a mattress with his older brother.

His signing bonus is expected to be about $5 milllion. 

LSU isn't done producing the DBs, either. 

LSU has signed 14 defensive backs in the past four signing classes, including 2017. Six of those DBs were ranked top five at their position and another four landed in the top 15. 

"We have probably the best as far as producing defensive backs," White said. "If you want to play defensive back, that's where (you go). That's why we have a lot of guys come out. We get a lot of guys that want to be a part of that fraternity that we have down there."

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