Lavonte David heard it all. Some said he was too small to play linebacker in the NFL. They said big offensive linemen would overpower him. They said his speed wouldn’t save him in the NFL, even after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The critics said he would be engulfed at the point of attack, unable to make his way to the runners like he did in college at Nebraska, where he was a tackling machine.
“That’s just a stereotype,” David said. “That goes in one ear and out the other. I think I proved them wrong, don’t you?”
In a big way, which is why he is one of the linebackers on the All-Prisco Team heading into this season. I have to admit I expected this. David was the captain of my 2012 pre-draft Better-Than Team, a player I thought could be a star in the NFL. While he wouldn’t quite be labeled a star just yet, he might be there in four months. Oh, and he’s just 23.
Source: CBS Sports