Greg Schiano Could Barely Contain HimselfApril 27th, 2012
Joe’s not sure if this came through on Buccaneers.com when new Bucs coach Greg Schiano addressed the pen and mic club to discuss the draft of Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, but Schiano looked as if he wanted to buy everyone shots.
Schiano beamed, smiled, laughed. At times he looked like a kid on Christmas morning who just found a bike under the tree. At other times Schiano looked as if his wife just gave birth to a healthy, strapping baby boy.
Starting the evening with no second round picks, the Bucs, thanks to the poker playing of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, not only purloined a second round pick from the Texans, but were able to acquire one of the top outside linebackers in the draft.
David was a junior college transfer starting as a junior at Nebraska, his first season in Lincoln. David started right away and racked up 152 tackles in 14 games in Nebraska’s last season in the Big XII.
Last season in Nebraska’s first season in the Big Ten, David floated from outside linebacker to middle linebacker and in 13 games had 133 tackles.
In two seasons of Division-I football, David compiled 285 tackles. In one game at Michigan he had 14 tackles. His most tackles for a loss in a game were four at Texas A&M in 2010. In three different games (Kansas 2010, Michigan 2011, South Carolina 2011) David had two sacks.
Last year against Iowa, David had four pass break-ups.
This dude is simply a ballhawk and Joe won’t be sleeping well tonight, not even after pounding some beers.
“He can play all three linebacker positions but for us, but he will play the Sam or the Will linebacker,” Schiano said between smiles. “We got one of our coveted players. His production is through the roof. Sometimes production can be misleading but [David's] production is not misleading.
“He’s clutch. He played in an NFL defense.
“We really got better in the past 24 hours.”