Draft Rewind 2012 – Lavonte David – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about LAVONTE DAVID: Nebraska, 6005 233 4.65. Two-year starter and a junior college transfer from Fort Scott Community College. Was the Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year and a first team All-Big 12 pick in 2010. A tackling machine, he set a Cornhusker record in 2010 with 152 tackles, averaging about 11 per game. He also had six sacks for 50 yards in losses. A special teams’ standout on coverage teams. Natural and instinctive in his ability to recognize and react to run or pass. Has a nose for the ball. An impact hitter who loves contact. Reacts immediately to keys. Good football aptitude. Very competitive. Aggressive and physically tough. Explodes downhill quickly on run throughs. An athletic knee bender who plays with balance. Slips blocks and stays on his feet. Special awareness and the ability to react quickly to cut back lanes. Good use of hands and agility getting through traffic. Has a burst to finish off plays. Experience in both man to man and zone coverage. Can run on hip of backs and tight ends. Plays ball in the air. Good timing. Appears to have loose hips in transition. Good ball reactions. Has some Troy Polamalu tendencies. Senior Bowl notes: Flashed great quickness but at times was out of position. Could have been due to newness of scheme because he improved as the week went on. Size a mismatch when working over a tight end but he showed he can be physical. Projects to play Will in a 4-3 so his limitations over the tight end should be moot. Good change of direction skills with good instincts to react versus the run. Good fits at the hole. Runs well in pursuit and closed downhill quickly. Tracked well in space and covered a lot of ground in pursuit. Physical for his size, threw his body around and used his hands well attacking blockers in space. Solid in coverage, displaying very good man to man skills as well as zone awareness. Quick reactions on the throw with good range in coverage. Undersized prospect who will be limited in where he can play in the NFL but has top level linebacker skills. 2011 stats: 133 tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 INTs. Edge speed:left 2.32, right 2.57. OSR:4/ 14. Second/third round. (A-31 3/4, H-8 3/4, BP-19, SS-4.22).

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