Meet Marquez White
The Dallas Cowboys selected Marquez White with a sixth-round (No. 216 overall) selection on Friday. Dallas traded with New England from pick 211 to pick 216, acquiring pick 239 (21st in the seventh round). Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6’0 194 lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com has White ranked as the number 237 overall prospect, and the number 28 overall corner in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The skinny: White was a productive player at Florida State, starting 26 games and earning Honorable Mention All-ACC honors as a senior. He brings the Cowboys some more corner depth, and even though he’s a bit of a raw prospect, he will have the potential to develop into a good player in time.
What Cowboys are getting: Dallas is getting a talented, yet raw prospect, at good value in this point in the draft. He’s got adequate size and speed, running a 4.59 40-yard dash, a 36-inch vertical jump, and a 10’3 broad jump.
In four years at Florida State (two as a starter), White had 65 total Tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions and 11 passes defended. The production wasn’t eye popping for White, but he was a key player in their secondary. At his field corner spot in FSU’s secondary, White allowed just one touchdown over his junior and senior seasons.
White shows good awareness and anticipation in shallow coverage, and jams well at the line. He also has long arms and big hands, which are coveted traits in corners in todays NFL.
White does need to add some muscle to his frame, and needs to find a way to try and improve his recovery speed. He also bites on play fakes a little too easily, and is impatient in press coverage. Finally, he’s not a great run defender, and doesn’t really seek contact like the other defensive backs Dallas has selected in this draft.
He has the talent, but will be a project for the Cowboys staff if they want to develop him into the prospect he has the ability to be.
Grades: For White, CBSSports.com gave Dallas yet another high grade of an A, thanks to his length and potential.
Galatzan’s Take: You can never have enough good corners on your roster, and for the position they drafted him in, White brings very good talent and value to the team. Whether or not he can develop remains to be seen, but on the surface, this is another solid pick in an already great draft for Dallas.
Overall Grade: B