Could Lavonte David be the Most Underrated Defensive Player in the League ?


Unless you pay attention to the NFC South, few football fans know much about Lavonte David. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2012 he has consistently been one of the most productive 4-3 linebackers in the league. Putting up 112 solo tackles, 2 sacks and an interception in his rookie year and he didn’t stop there.

In his second season with the Bucs he absolutely tore the league up. Becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 120 tackles, 7 sacks and 5 interceptions on the year. He is lightning quick and able to make splash plays all over the field, whether it’s in coverage, run stopping, or blitzing the QB.

Last year, in a supposed “down year”, he registered 87 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 interception. This year he is on fire, constantly around the football, with 51 tackles and four fumble recoveries. Since he was drafted, only the Texan’s JJ Watt has more fumble recoveries.

How can a player that is probably the best 4-3 linebacker in the game today go unnoticed? Well, he plays for the Buccaneers, who have not made the playoffs since the firing of Jon Gruden.