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2015 NFL DRAFT

Lavonte David, OLB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 233 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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4132
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 2/58 - Lavonte David, LB, 6-1, 233, Nebraska...David was a junior college transfer who hit it big immediately for the Cornhuskers and became an all-conference player. He will likely play weak-side linebacker for the Bucs. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - OLB Lavonte David, Nebraska -- A tackling machine (285 career tackles), David plays with good athleticism and football IQ. He's a bit undersized at 6-1, 233 pounds, which will limit him to the weak-side linebacker spot. But he should flourish on the outside with 4.65-second speed and a 36.5-inch vertical.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 39. Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: Athletic, instinctive and incredibly productive, David is one of the relatively sure things of the 2012 draft. The problem is, at "just" 6-1, 233 pounds, the All-American is likely limited to only one role in the NFL -- the WILL or weakside linebacker position for a 4-3 team. That fact will likely push David into the second round, though I'm confident he'll quickly prove to be a standout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - While some NFL types originally wondered about his size, David has steadily risen up many mock draft boards since the combine. He could be a candidate to sneak into the first round, though many analysts figure his call will come in the second. "I've been through a lot of these jobs. You just don't ever know until it actually comes down that he's selected," said Tony Fleming, David's agent. "But he's done everything absolutely right the way he approached this whole process - the interviews, workouts, everything." Fleming thinks David's size has almost become a nonissue ever since the 6-foot-1 linebacker hit the scale at 233 pounds at the combine. "I think that took a lot of that talk off the table," he said. Wherever David is picked, the agent said the one thing David isn't about to worry about are any doubters. "Ever since I've known him, he only knows one way to go about his business, and that's through hard work," Fleming said. "He may come across as wanting to prove doubters wrong, but that's not his intent. He only knows one way to approach football." - Brian Christopherson, The Lincoln Journal Star

04/19/2012 - LITTLE BIG MEN: THE BEST UNDERSIZED PLAYERS IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska: David is the seventh-shortest linebacker in the draft at 6-0 and people like to describe him as a guy who might play safety. Watch him play, and you see a guy that is a natural Will linebacker, which means he's at his best stacked behind a defensive tackle so blockers can't get to him and he can fly to the ball. In two years at Nebraska he was in on 285 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and 10 passes defended. This guy has very good football instincts, and height will not be an issue. Oh, by the way, he's good enough in pass coverage that he can stay on the field against three wide receiver sets. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

04/09/2012 - On YouTube, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David's takeaway from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is tagged as the "Strip That Saved the Season." Because it came on Oct. 8, Nebraska linebackers coach Ross Els won't go that far, even though the play sparked the biggest comeback in Cornhuskers history. Walloped by Wisconsin the previous week, Nebraska trailed Ohio State by 21 points midway through the third quarter. Miller ran for a first down, then turned his back before he went to the ground. David saw his chance and attacked, grabbing at the ball, and said afterward it fell into his hands. Nebraska rallied for a 34-27 victory in its first Big Ten game in Lincoln. "Those things are flukes," Els said by telephone last week. "Those types of things are usually once in a season or once in a career." In the next breath, Els conceded, "He did it twice last year," referring to a 20-7 victory over Iowa to end the regular season. Nebraska led 13-0 in the third quarter when tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a 24-yard pass for a first down, but David got the ball out. "He has the ability to come up with the big play at the right time." Els loves David's instincts and football intelligence, but also admires him for the way he deflects praise. "He's not cocky. He's quiet, almost shy," Els said. "He never credits himself. He's hard on himself. "We stopped Penn State late in the game. We were up three and it was fourth-and-1 and Penn State decided to go for it. Lavonte made a one-on-one tackle. When I congratulated him on it after I came down from the press box, the first thing he said was, ???No, man, they kept the linemen off of me." "I think he's going to be a great find," Els said. - Marla Ridenour, The Akron Beacon Journal

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Lavonte David, OLB/SS, Nebraska, 6-1, 233, 1-2...David is Mr. Max, as in maximum effort, attitude, results and, unfortunately, his size, which he cannot increase any more. He reaffirmed his athleticism at the combine with an unofficial 40 time of 4.65 and an explosive vertical jump of 36.5 inches. NFL scouts aren't sure whether to play him at linebacker or strong safety, but somebody will draft him and put him on the field somewhere, and he will do what he has always done - tackle people. He worked hard to get this far, so being told he is too small won't faze him. David had a sensational high school career with Miami Northwestern's No. 1-ranked team, but because of low grades he played at Fort Scott Community College, where his team lost a national championship game to Cam Newton's Blinn College. When he finally arrived at Nebraska, David proved he was a tackling machine by setting a school record with 152 in 2010 and finishing his career with 285. He has pass coverage and ball reaction instincts to be an excellent nickel linebacker. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/06/2012 - At 6-1, 233 pounds, Lavonte David doesn't have the size teams would prefer at linebacker and this could push him into day two of the draft despite having the production of a top-10 prospect. Because he, too, runs well (4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and has extraordinary instincts, the Nebraska product is viewed by some scouts as the best cover linebacker in this year's draft class. As one scout explained, "the Nebraska linebacker [David] is athletic enough to run with backs and tight ends in man coverage. He's also alert and has the burst to close that makes him a quality zone defender. The other guy [UNC's Brown] is the better athlete with better size but there's no question that [David] is currently the better football player." Scouts wanting to see David operate in coverage may have to go back to his junior tape. While David and the Cornhuskers certainly faced their fair-share of passing in the Big Ten this season, the conference's focus on the running game took a little bit of getting used to for David after Nebraska made the switch this season from the pass-heavy Big 12 conference. "Obviously, the Big 12, you've got a lot more pass-oriented offenses, David told reporters at the combine when asked to compare the style of play from the two conferences. "You go into the Big Ten, downhill running schemes. They both were great experiences for me, they've both got a great level of competition." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 39. Lavonte David, OLB/SS, Nebraska, 6-1, 225, 1-2...David is Mr. Max, as in maximum effort, attitude, results and, unfortunately, his size, which he cannot increase any more. NFL scouts aren't sure whether to play him at linebacker or strong safety. But somebody will draft him, put him on the field somewhere and he will do what he has always done -- tackle people. He worked hard to get this far, so being told he is too small won't impress him. David had a sensational high school career with Miami Northwestern's No. 1-ranked team, but due to low grades he played at Fort Scott Community College, where his team lost a national championship game to Cam Newton's Blinn College. When he finally arrived at Nebraska, David proved he was a tackling machine by setting a school record with 152 tackles in 2010 and finished his career with 285. He has pass coverage and ball reaction instincts to be an excellent nickel linebacker. A good 40-yard time will help his draft stock. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL RISERS: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: At only 6-0, 225 pounds and with a maxed-out frame, Lavonte David doesn't necessarily look like a prototypical first-round linebacker, but his play says otherwise. He flies around the field with controlled aggression, looking natural bursting in any direction with very good first-step quickness. David doesn't have ideal strength to tear through blocks, but where he separates himself from the pack is his ability to find the ball and finish with a competitive drive. Also rare is his ability in reverse with smooth hip action and fluid footwork to drop and cover. David was a tackling machine in Lincoln with 285 tackles the past two seasons for the Huskers and displayed a passion for the game of football that carried over to Senior Bowl practice. There are questions about where he will fit at the next level, maybe as a weak-side linebacker in a Tampa Two scheme or possibly even at strong safety. But he confirmed this week, there is no question about his overall ability. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/26/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL THURSDAY: LB Lavonte David, Nebraska: One of the more impressive players so far this week has been Lavonte David, the tackling machine from Lincoln. However where he has been most impressive is his drops, showing fluid hips and above average footwork for a linebacker when asked to turn and run. David isn't the most physically imposing at 6-0 1/2" and 225 pounds, but he is a sure-tackler with the first step quickness and natural instincts needed for the position. For David, it's not a question about "ability", but rather a question of "where does he fit?" - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Lavonte David was a finalist for the Butkus Award and is one of the best tacklers in school history - 274 total tackles to rank fifth on the school's all-time charts, and that's after playing only two seasons. He's made two game-changing plays this season - his strip of quarterback Braxton Miller, a turnover that set up Nebraska's comeback from a 27-6 deficit in a victory over Ohio State, and consecutive tackles of Penn State's Silas Redd on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1, with NU clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: LB Lavonte David, Sr., Nebraska, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. A finalist for the Butkus Award and the winner of Big Ten Linebacker-of-the-Year honors, David finished the regular season with a team-leading 122 tackles. He had five games with double-figure tackle totals, including four in Big Ten play. David also led Nebraska with two interceptions, two fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries and 11 tackles for loss, while ranking second on the team with 3.5 sacks. David has led Nebraska in tackles seven times in 2011, and 14 times in 26 career games at Nebraska. His 274 career tackles are fifth in school history, while his 122 tackles this season rank 10th on NU's single-season list. Last season, David registered a school-record 152 tackles and was a second-team All-America pick by the Associated Press. - Nebraska football

09/16/2011 - LB Lavonte David, through two games, is well on pace to break the single-season school tackling record he set last season, when he had 152 tackles. David had 15 tackles against Fresno State, giving him 24 tackles through two games. He has nine career double-figure tackling games. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - LB Lavonte David, who set a school record last season with 152 tackles, picked up Saturday where he left off in 2010. The senior outside linebacker led the Huskers with nine tackles, including one for loss. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - Linebacker Lavonte David set a single-season school record last year with 152 tackles and was named the Big 12 Conference defensive newcomer of the year as a junior college transfer. Expecting David to meet those numbers this season might be unrealistic. That's mostly because David won't be the only linebacker on the field anymore. He served that role in Nebraska's "peso" defensive scheme designed to stop the many spread offenses of the Big 12. Now that Nebraska's in the Big Ten and facing more traditional run-oriented offenses, the Huskers are returning to a three linebacker format. David, who's gained 15 pounds, will play the WILL position, the best spot for him to display his ball-hawking instincts. Will Compton will play MIKE, and Sean Fisher, who missed all of last season with a broken leg, will play SAM. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2011 - Lavonte David set a Nebraska record for tackles and was one of the most feared defensive players in the Big 12 last season. Just imagine the numbers the senior linebacker could put up this season in the Big Ten now that he actually knows what he's doing. David relied mostly on his instincts after injuries to the team's most experienced linebackers thrust him into the starting lineup his first year in the program. Even as David's double-digit tackle games piled up, nary a compliment could be pried from coach Bo Pelini's lips. Instead, Pelini would downplay David's performances and talk about David's need to operate within the defensive scheme. "Coach Bo wants you to run his defense," David said. "If you can make a play, make the play, but at the same time he wants you to know what you're doing. That's what I love about these coaches. They know you're a great player, but they want you to know more stuff so you can be even better." David said he's become more confident in his knowledge of the defense and that he'll do less freelancing this season. The 6-foot-1 David has prepared for the more run-oriented offenses of the Big Ten, adding 15 pounds to get up to 225. Instead of using a one-linebacker alignment, as they did against the Big 12's spread offenses, the Huskers probably will go with three in their base alignment. One linebacker or three, Cassidy expects David to be first to the ball. "He won't even be in your peripheral vision, and next thing you know he's got the guy on the ground and you're still 5 yards away," Cassidy said. "It's like he's a magician or something." - AP Sports

08/11/2011 - 2011 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH (MEDIA): Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska, has been selected one of 12 players earning preseason recognition by Big Ten coaches who voted to institute a preseason Players to Watch list beginning this season, honoring five student-athletes each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division. The 2011 list was selected by a media panel and features additional honorees due to a tie. David racked up a school-record 152 tackles in his first season at Nebraska in 2010, breaking Barrett Ruud's mark of 149 set in 2003. A first-team All-Big 12 pick and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, David ranked 11th nationally in tackles per game and was second on the team in sacks (6.0), tackles for loss (15 for 60 yards) and pass breakups (10) to earn first-team All-America honors from several outlets. - Nebraska football

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lavonte David, Nebraska, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. A first-team All-Big 12 pick and the league's newcomer of the year, he ranked 11th nationally in tackles per game and was second on the team in sacks (six), tackles for loss (15 for 60 yards) and pass breakups (10) to earn first-team All-America honors from several outlets. David had eight games with at least 10 tackles, including a season-high 19 against South Dakota State and 17 in the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma. He is one of five Big Ten players on the Butkus Award list this season, representing the nation's top linebacker. David has already been named to watch lists for the Bednarik and Lombardi Awards, as well as the Nagurski Trophy. - Nebraska football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska, (2nd Team AP A-A, 1st Team All-Big 12), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lavonte David, Nebraska, LB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. David, a first-team All-Big 12 pick and the league's newcomer of the year, recorded 152 tackles to set the single-season school record. He ranked 11th nationally in tackles per game and was second on the team in sacks (six), tackles for loss (15 for 60 yards) and pass breakups to earn first-team All-America honors from several outlets. - Nebraska football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lavonte David, Nebraska, LB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. David, a first-team All-Big 12 pick and league's newcomer of the year, recorded 152 tackles to set the single-season school record. He ranked 11th nationally in tackles per game and was second on the team in sacks (six), tackles for loss (15 for 60 yards) and pass breakups to earn first-team All-America honors from several outlets. - Nebraska football

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Lavonte David, Nebraska, LB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. In his first season at Nebraska in 2010, David set a Nebraska single-season record with 152 tackles. His play earned David Big 12 Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year honors and second-team All-America accolades. David recorded eight games with double-figure tackles last season and also ranked second on the team in sacks (6), tackles for loss (15) and pass breakups (10). - Nebraska football

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 2/58 - Lavonte David, LB, 6-1, 233, Nebraska...David was a junior college transfer who hit it big immediately for the Cornhuskers and became an all-conference player. He will likely play weak-side linebacker for the Bucs. - The Sports Xchange

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