Lavonte David
Lavonte David
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kwon Alexander stole a lot of tackles from David in recent years, but with Alexander gone, it's time for David to reestablish himself as an LB1 contender. An All-Decade talent since 2012, David opened his career with 139, 145, 146 and 147 tackles in his first four years, also totaling 13 sacks and nine interceptions in that span. Last year's 120 tackles is his highest total since, but bet the over in 2019, and expect him to remain a unique threat as a blitzer, interceptor and and even fumble producer (18 FF, 13 FR since 2013). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $50.25 million contract with the Buccaneers in August of 2015.
Another six stops in loss
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
October 16, 2019
David finished with six tackles (five solo), including one for loss, in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
David boosted his tackle total by one over his Week 5 effort against the Saints while logging another robust 66-snap workload. The veteran linebacker is averaging just under seven stops per game, which put him on pace for his third straight campaign with triple-digit tackles. He's also boosted his pass coverage by forcing a near 18-percent drop in completion percentage against him over last season (57.9, compared to 75.6) and has already recorded his first interception since 2016.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuccaneers 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review
How do Lavonte David's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
233 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.22 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.28 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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As much as teammate Kwon Alexander is the superior IDP option, David remains the most feared linebacker in Tampa by real-life standards. His days of averaging 140-plus tackles per year appear gone for now due to a change in positional tasks, but David was still on a 125-tackle pace if not for a shoulder injury limiting him to 13 games last year, and no one makes plays like David does. He's an outstanding blitzer (18 career sacks), and he's a turnover machine with 10 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles in six years. There is big upside here despite his relatively quiet last two years.
David had one of the most puzzling seasons in recent memory last year, as the former tackle machine finished with just 87 stops after averaging more than 140 tackles per season in the four prior years. David was effective in real life --- the Buccaneers defense thrived, and he was a menace behind the line of scrimmage, posting five sacks and four forced fumbles. His usage in Tampa Bay's scheme clearly changed, and it's possible that low-upside usage continues, but David's prolonged history of extremely high tackle volume makes last year appear the more likely aberration.
Few players in the league carry the quality guarantee that David does, as he's produced at an elite level with remarkable consistency in his four NFL seasons. His lowest tackle total in that span was 139 as a rookie, peaking with 147 in 2015. Het active both as a pass rusher and in coverage, totaling 13 sacks and nine interceptions in 62 games. With 32 career passes defended, David could see his interception rate increase if the Tampa pass rush improves. The additions of DEs Robert Ayers (free agency) and Noah Spence (second-round pick) give hope on that front.
If there is a linebacker rival to Luke Kuechly, David might be the most formidable contender. He averaged 10.5 tackles per game last year, posting 147 stops despite missing two games due to a concussion and a hamstring injury. David is rangy, instinctive and aggressive, dominating against the run with top-grade abilities as a blitzer and in coverage. However, his weakside role last year in Lovie Smith's 4-3 defense contributed to a big drop in both sacks and interceptions, as he was used in fewer passing situations and played a career-low 919 snaps. Considering the Bucs were 21st in sacks last season and had seven fewer interceptions than in 2013, it wouldn't surprise if David was again used as a weapon on passing downs instead of almost exclusively as a run stopper.
David has been remarkably productive in his first two seasons, following up a 139-tackle rookie season with an enormous 2013, increasing his tackle total to 145 while adding seven sacks and five interceptions. When it comes to dominating in tackles, sacks and interceptions, David might be the best linebacker in the league. Although he seems likely to hover in the 135 to 145-tackle range and is therefore unlikely to challenge players like Vontaze Burfict and Luke Kuechly in that regard, David is one of the top-tier options when it comes to making plays in coverage and as a pass rusher. New coach Lovie Smith is among the brightest defensive coaches in the game, and it would be rather surprising if he didn't recognize David's sack and interception potential and scheme in ways to capitalize accordingly. After all, it was under Smith's watch that Brian Urlacher enjoyed some of his most successful seasons in the NFL. Urlacher posted at least five sacks in three of his first four years under Smith before injuries began to take their toll.
Like Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner, David emerged as one of the league's elite linebackers as a rookie last year, finishing with 139 tackles (112 solo), two sacks and an interception, and he's locked in for a three-down role again in 2013. It's likely no coincidence Tampa Bay fielded the league's top run defense when David arrived from Nebraska, as the rangy linebacker was a menace at and behind the line of scrimmage. David deserves a boost in the rankings if your league accounts for tackles for loss ("stuffs") as he finished last year with 16.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. David had 24.5 tackles for loss in his 27 games at Nebraska, so this trend won't slow anytime soon. Fellow linebackers Mason Foster and Jonathan Casillas are not threats to eat into David's snap or tackle counts either.
He barely looks like 225 pounds when he’s on the field, but David’s standout athleticism, refined technique and rare instincts have him locked into the Tampa Bay starting defense, and if his college career is any indication, good IDP production awaits. He finished his two seasons at Nebraska with 285 tackles (150 solo) in 27 games, as well as 11.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. He’s obviously unproven as a rookie, but David is a sensible later-round investment and could be among the league tackle leaders early in his career.
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Solid showing in Week 5 loss
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
October 9, 2019
David recorded five tackles (all solo) and one quarterback hit in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Grabs pick in win
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 30, 2019
David recorded seven total tackles, one pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's win over the Rams.
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Piles up tackles in loss
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 23, 2019
David finished Sunday's loss to the Giants with nine tackles (four solo).
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Another solid tackle total
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 14, 2019
David logged seven tackles (two solo) in the Buccaneers' 20-14 win over the Panthers on Thursday.
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Thrives in new scheme
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 9, 2019
David recorded seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
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