Oct 22, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4) looks on during the first quarter against the Minnesota Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Cornhuskers won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade Up, Select Lavonte David


After trading out of the second round to get back into the first again yesterday, the Bucs sent their third and fourth round picks to the Houston Texans to get back into the second round and take Nebraska OLB Lavonte David.

Sept 3, 2011; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4) celebrates after Nebraska intercepted a Chattanooga Mocs pass during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 40-7. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE85

David is a bit undersized, but I even said in the scouting process that he has Greg Schiano written all over him. David is instinctive and smart and plays with great athleticism, in spite of not having ideal size. He’s a very good value at this spot in the second round and represents another starter picked up in the first two rounds of the draft.

Here’s what we wrote on our big board, we’ll have more coming soon:

4.) Lavonte David, Nebraska, Sr.

Depending on how the first round goes, Lavonte David might be a good option for the Bucs on day two. He may be a reach for Tampa in round two, but he would be an outright steal in the third. The knock on David is his size, at just 6-foot a lot of NFL scouts have questioned whether he wouldn’t be better off as a safety. He wouldn’t be. Unlike Brown, David is extremely instinctual and more often than not can be found with his helmet on the ball. He is undersized, no doubt about it, but with a good defensive line in front of him to keep the blockers off, he would be an instant upgrade at the Will linebacker position. He also has the athleticism and cover skills to stay on the field in nickel sets. If he were just a couple inches taller you’d likely see Lavonte David crawl up into the back half of the first round, unfortunately he’s not. But what Lavonte David is though, is a blue-collar guy with a very high work ethic that hails from a good program and played major college football at a high level over the past few years. Trust me, if the Buccaneers draft Lavonte David you will not be dissapointed. And of all these guys, he smacks of a Schiano-type the most.

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