Lavonte David = Derrick Brooks?November 5th, 2012
As Deion Sanders would say, “Slow your roll, Joe. Slow your roll.”
Joe agrees. It is almost heresy to suggest that Bucs rookie outside linebacker Lavonte David is the new Derrick Brooks. There may never been another Derrick Brooks, he was such a stud.
But, man, David is really putting on a show in his first NFL season. Consider David racked up 14 tackles Sunday — 14! Two of those were tackles behind the line of scrimmage, tackles for loss. Those came in the first half for David and the Bucs.
Davis leads the Bucs in tackles for loss with 11, an extraordinary number for a rookie through eight games.
David, as Joe wrote about last December, is the personification of a sideline-to-sideline player, just like old No. 55.
And consider what Ronde Barber said about David last week.
“I look at Lavonte David and I see a young Derrick Brooks, not necessarily how he plays, but just like his instincts and just his knack for football,” Barber said. “That was one thing Derrick really had, just kind of a knack for the game. Lavonte’s absolutely shown that in the first part of his career. ”
Is David the next Brooks? Probably not. But he may well be the best Bucs linebacker drafted since Brooks. That’s a fair statement in Joe’s eyes.