The draft is shaping up to be quite a successful one for Mark Dominik and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the 58th overall pick, the Buccaneers selected linebacker Lavonte David out of Nebraska. David is about 6’1″ and 230 lbs. Many have stated that his size is one of the big drawbacks, but all around, scouts think he can be a solid player in the NFL.
Lavonte David seems to always be around the ball. He brings a lot of intensity and a lot of energy and is a solid tackler. After watching him on tape, I’ve noticed he seems to have that football intelligence that so many players lack. Football intelligence can’t really be taught, but David has it.
So far, the Buccaneers have addressed their dire needs, including running back, safety, and linebacker. However, I was a little surprised that the Bucs didn’t draft a corner earlier. It seems like Ronde Barber will definitely see time at corner, and that the Bucs aren’t concerned with Aqib Talib’s status. They seem to know something we don’t because it’s hard to say whether he will face a suspension or not.
In the 5th round, the Buccaneers also selected another linebacker, Najee Goode out of West Virginia. Following that, the Buccaneers took Keith Tandy, a cornerback who is also from West Viriginia. Again, a little surprising to see the Bucs wait until the 6th round to draft a corner, but I guess you can’t get everyone you want.
Of course, we’ll have to see how these prospects pan out in the regular season, but for right now, I’ll give this draft an 8.5/10. Mark Dominik did a great job, especially when he drafted Mark Barron, who was pretty much the only NFL-ready safety in the draft.
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