METAIRIE, La. — The Saints added depth to their secondary Saturday, taking Samford cornerback Corey White with their fifth-round pick.
White (6-foot, 206 pounds) is another small school player for a team that seems intent on finding gems deep in the draft.
The move comes a day after New Orleans took defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from the University of Regina in Canada.
If his game matches his confidence, they'll have succeeded.
When asked about playing against Drew Brees in practice, White had an answer ready.
”It’s going to be fun picking off some balls from Drew Brees,” White said. “It’s going to be real fun. I’m real confident in my game, you know, you’ve got to be confident to play this game.”
While he could play safety, New Orleans already has four on their roster – Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jonathan Amaya. Jenkins and Harper are steady starters and Quddus earned playing time late in the 2011 season while Amaya played mostly on special teams.
He played cornerback the past three seasons for the Bulldogs and that's a position the Saints have a need. Only Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson and Johnny Patrick have experience on the roster .
White ran a 4.47 at the combine but busted 4.4 during his draft day workout. He led Samford, a Football Championship Subdivision school, with four interceptions this past season.
The scouting report on him says he’s a hard-hitting defensive back full of athleticism. He played in 44 games, finishing with 140 tackles, seven interceptions, 18 pass defenses and four forced fumbles.
“I feel like I can play anywhere in the secondary, including special teams,” White said. “I feel like I’m a ball hawk. I’m going to go get the ball if it’s in the air.”
Part of White’s athleticism stems from his high school basketball background, where he said he played the position “enforcer.”
“I came in for defense to foul people,” White said. “You know football players – they can’t control themselves on the basketball court.”