The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up ten spots to select former Nebraska Cornhuskers star outside linebacker Lavonte David with the 58th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Yesterday, the Bucs signed the speedy LB to a four-year contract. David was the third future starter selected in this year’s draft, and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t start for the Buccaneers this season.
The WLB recorded 152 tackles, six sacks, and 12.5 tackles for loss as a junior in the 2012 season back when Nebraska was a Big 12 powerhouse. He led the Big 12 in tackles and was third in the nation in that statistic. David was seventh in the conference in tackles for loss, and he was also ninth in sacks.
Last season, David had 133 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and forced three fumbles in the team’s first season in the Big Ten. Prior to the 2o11 season, David had not played a direct role in a turnover.
The top coverage LB was third in the Big Ten in tackles, and the conference is known for its hard-nosed runners. The decrease in production is misleading, because it was more difficult for Lavonte David to record tackles. In any case, he was still great and was ninth in the Big Ten in sacks and in the top five in fumbles forced.
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