First round pick for the Bucs and fifth overall pick in the draft Devin White had a shaky start to the season due to sickness and injuries. Over the last few weeks White has been all over the field and been a rock solid part of the one-two punch that he and Lavonte David comprise at the second level of the defense and has made a case for himself to be mentioned in the conversation for defensive rookie of the year.
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Many fans questioned the team for drafting White when inside linebacker is position that can be filled later in the draft, but after these last few games White has shown why he was drafted: to be the future leader of the team on defense and as a whole. White’s speed and athleticism has been unmistakable and he seemingly shows up wherever the ball is making big play after big play. The fact of the matter is that with the return that the Bucs are receiving on some free agent signings like Shaquil Barrett, the drafting of a defensive lineman or edge rusher could have been a moot point making Devin White one of the best fits for the team.
So far on the year Devin White has 69 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovered that went to the house for a touchdown.
The incredibly diverse stat line is indicative of how well-rounded White is as a player and shows just how much he brings to the table. If White continues to play at this level he will be a mainstay on this team for years to come and could help make the Bucs become a defensive team yet again.