Lavonte David might not have been selected to the Pro Bowl, but media members and award voters around the NFL landscape are trying to make up for it. The latest praise for the Buccaneers’ promising young linebacker comes from Elliot Harrison of NFL.com
In his “All-Under-25 Team” article, Harrison names Lavonte David one of the four best linebackers within his age group. David is predictably alongside Luke Kuechly of the Panthers, and is also joined by Vontaze Burfict of the Bengals and Kiko Alonso of the Bills.
Harrison mentions that David should have been considered for Defensive Player of the Year (which was undeservedly given to Luke Kuechly), and I agree completely. The numbers that David put up were staggering, and his contributions spanned every aspect of the linebacker position.
David chipped in as a pass rusher, coverage man and run stopper all season, and did so with consistent production. Every statistic imaginable from basic counting statistics to advanced metrics declared that David was in a league of his own among his peers.
No other Buccaneers made the list, and there are no real arguments to be made for players under 25 years of age on the roster. Mark Barron hasn’t done enough to justify a position on the list ahead of Eric Reid or Tyrann Mathieu, while Mason Foster and Johnthan Banks aren’t quite in the discussion at their positions yet, either.