Written by: Fred Gudes
Jason Licht got this Devin White draft pick right. Although Josh Allen for the Jags has 21 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles at this juncture of the 2019 NFL season. Many fans still speculate Allen should have been chosen by the Buccaneers to be the future centerpiece of the franchise.
The Allen vs. White debate will probably last as long as the Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston debate before fans ultimately choose a side. White is what this Bucs team needed and I’m a firm believer that all good things work themselves out in the end.
The White pick and the Licht five-year extension means that management must get this one right. The organization must not let White endure losing season after losing season as they did with David and his outstanding career.
White is a special talent and his speed at this position is an absolute rarity. He has track star speed at the linebacker position which allows Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to draw up all types of exotic schemes. He can cover sideline to sideline faster than any defender this franchise has ever seen. Arguably, White is one of the fastest Buccaneers in recent memory.
The Buccaneers have a tremendous opportunity in the next few years to build a serious contender around White. They must surround him with talent so he can succeed to truly lead this defense to greatness. I’ve been a huge critic of Licht and definitely not a fan of his five-year extension. Licht needs to get these next three drafts right because he did with the White pick.
Hopefully, the entire fan base finally believes in White even after his slow start to the 2019 season. The rookie is eleven games into the 2019 season a top 10 player already on this roster. Who knows, by the end of the season White could end up being defensive rookie of the year. The sky is the limit for White in the NFL. He will definitely be a great player merely based on this 11-game sample.
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