Photo of Lavonte David
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 26
  • Overall 58

Combine Results

86.5 ?
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.22 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "If I was Adam Hayward I'd be a little nervous right now. This kid flies."

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 233LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands


David is one of the premier linebacker prospects in this year's senior class. The Fort Scott Community College transfer is undersized but able to overcome that through his instincts and speed. He had enormous tackle production throughout his two years at Nebraska, posting more than 260 tackles in his short time there. Instincts are the key to his game, as he always seems to be in the middle of action whether rushing the passer or covering tight ends. David will need to stay off blocks at the next level and either gain strength to shed linemen or continue to play instinctually to stay free. His athletic ability allows him to play loose and fly around, and he should go in the late first round to a team that loves undersized, athletic linebackers.



David has speed -- that is evident from the second the play starts. He is an instinctive player who is able to read offensive lines and trigger to get to the spot where he needs to be. He understands angles and leveraging himself when taking on blocks, which allows him to overcome his size deficiency. His footwork is fluid in transition and when moving laterally. He routinely fits up against running backs in the hole and stonewalls them at the point. He can pursue against the run to the outside and use his instincts to meet players, and he rarely whiffs on tackles. He can cover tight ends close in man coverage and works well in zone as he has natural, fluid hips to turn and pass set.


David is undersized, and he can struggle at times when linemen get their hands on him on run plays. If he is free he hits the gap hard, but once engaged he attempts to use his strong hands to fight away. He can cover in the long term against tight ends but can also struggle in man against them at the line of scrimmage if they overpower him. Speed and savvy can often overshadow these size and strength hitches in David's game, but his shortcomings could be exposed more at the next level.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.