Three Former Tigers Named to All-Rookie Team
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s three highest draft picks from last year’s NFL Draft have been named to the 2017 Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team, the organization announced on Tuesday.
Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White, both first round picks in last spring’s draft, were named to the All-Rookie team on defense, while second round draft pick Ethan Pocic earned a spot on the offensive team as a guard.
Adams started all 16 games at safety for the Jets in 2017, finishing third on the team in tackles with 83. He added 60 solo stops to go along with six pass breakup, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
White started all 17 games (16 regular season, 1 playoff) for the Buffalo Bills. He registered 69 tackles and rated first among all rookies in the NFL with 18 pass breakups. He added four interceptions, recovered two fumbles and forced another to have one of the most productive rookie seasons for any defender in franchise history.
With White at cornerback, the Bills advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.
Pocic played in all 16 games and earned 11 starts on the offensive line at both guard and center for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.
While Adams, White and Pocic, were the only three Tigers named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team, several other former LSU players had outstanding rookie seasons in the NFL, including running back Leonard Fournette, who has his Jacksonville Jaguars one win away from reaching the Super Bowl.
Last week, Fournette scored three TDs to help the Jaguars upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the playoffs. During the regular season, Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine TDs in helping Jacksonville to a 10-6 record and first place in the AFS South Division.
Linebacker Kendell Beckwith started nine games and played in all 16 regular season contests for Tampa Bay. Beckwith ranked among the team leaders in tackles with 73 as a rookie.
Duke Riley, another linebacker off LSU’s 2016 team, played in 12 games during regular season with six starts for the Atlanta Falcons. Riley capped his rookie season with 30 tackles and helped the Falcons reach the second round of the NFL Playoffs.
Davon Godchaux started five games for the Miami Dolphins and recorded 40 tackles as a rookie. Godchaux had two tackles and recovered a fumble in a win over Tennessee in early October. He had a career- best five tackles in a November loss to Tampa Bay.