1.5 Devin White LB Louisiana State
Kwon Alexander, unless he is willing to negotiate a short term “prove it” deal coming off of a torn ACL, will unlikely return to Tampa Bay, leaving a huge hole to fill in the middle of Todd Bowles’ newly acquired defense. Losing a versatile 24 year old backer like Alexander would be a blow, but here, the Bucs find themselves in the position to draft the best linebacker in the draft, Devin White out of LSU.
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The Butkus Award winner is, without a doubt, the number one rated linebacker in this weak linebacker class, creating a distance between himself and the second best prospect Devin Bush out of Michigan. While fifth overall may be a bit too early for White, if the Bucs want him, barring a trade back into the late top-ten, they will have to snag him here at the five slot.
While the Bucs have the potential to control the flow of the draft and a trade with a quarterback needy team is absolutely in play, no trades take place in this mock draft, leaving Tampa Bay in perfect position to select their new middle linebacker who has complete star potential. With the fifth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Devin White, linebacker, Louisiana State.