The heart for the Buccaneers on defense
Drafting linebackers high is always a dangerous task in the draft, especially considering their replaceability in later rounds, but no Bucs fans would question drafting Devin White.
White made a statement upon his arrival during his rookie year with the Buccaneers, and his sophomore campaign was even better. White’s speed and tackling ability combine for a unique skillset that dominates when it’s clicking, and White has been dominant in his first-ever playoff run.
While he missed the first game against the Washington Football Team, White more than made up for his late arrival. In just two games leading up to the Super Bowl, White had 26 tackles and a game-sealing interception, and he carried this prowess into the Super Bowl as well.
In the most important game of his young career, Devin White was everywhere. Twelve tackles and an interception led all defensive players on both teams, and White’s impact went beyond that. The Buccaneers needed their off-ball linebackers to provide sound coverage and react to any scrambles outside the pocket, and White performed this flawlessly.
We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but Devin White looks on track to end up with his face on the Buccaneer linebacker Mount Rushmore with Derrick Brooks and Lavonte David when it’s all said and done, and this performance will be remembered for a long time in that discussion.