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Five Reasons Corey White Will Excel at Free Safety

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1. White has the Athleticism to play Free Safety

Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) catches a pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerbacks by definition need to be the most athletic players on the field. It’s easy to run a route and catch a ball when you have timing with a quarterback in practice for weeks on end. Being the guy that stays with the wide receiver most of the way and actually being able to bat the ball away or make an interception is the definition of athleticism.

White may not be the best corner, but you can’t deny that more than any other corner on the team (outside of Keenan Lewis) he finds a way to defend the ball against wide receivers that clearly overmatch him.

This same athleticism will be of crucial value to him. White’s biggest problem as a player is that he finds himself out of position in coverage against wide receivers. As a free safety, he will have the entire offense in front of him and be in a position to make a play.