NFL Draft 2012 #58: Tampa bay Bucs Select Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Lavonte David, Outside Linebacker, Nebraska
Career Highlights: David led the Big 10 in Assisted Tackles (67) and was second in solo tackles in 2010 (85). In 2011, Levonte was 6th in the Big 10 in Sacks (6), 2nd in Solo Tackles (65) and 4th in Forced Fumbles (3)
Career Stats: 150 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FF
Lavonte has speed that is evident from the second the play starts. He is an instinctive player who is able to read offensive lines and trigger to get to the spot he needs to be. He understands angles and leveraging himself when taking on blocks, which allow him to overcome his size deficiency. His footwork is fluid in transition and when moving laterally, he routinely fits up against running backs in the hole and stonewalls them at the point. He can pursue against the run to the outside and use his instincts to meet players where they ultimately will be, and rarely whiffs on tackles. He can cover tight ends close in man and works well in zone coverage as he has natural, fluid hips to turn and pass set.