Bucs Steal Lavonte David!

April 27th, 2012

Eddie Van Halen is humbled. The rock star comes through again!

Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik stole Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David.

Joe is simply geeked about this. Joe is a Big Ten honk and watches Big Ten games religiously on The Big Ten Network. Joe first noticed David as the dude was a ballhawk, flying to the ball from sideline to sideline. Joe wrote about his desire for David back in December.

This is a freaking dynamite pick! For reasons unknown, David and other linebackers slipped and slipped and slipped until Dominik couldn’t wait any longer and pulled the trigger with the Texans in order to get David.

This is the third time in this draft, third time in two days, Dominik has traded up or down to get the man he wanted.

The cool thing about David, in addition to his talents, is that he was coached up by one of the better defensive coaches in the land, Bo Pelini.

86 Responses to “Bucs Steal Lavonte David!”

  1. @eric Says:

    Great pick and value, stud

  2. JSmalls Says:


  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    I knew we were going to trade up for LD. Awesome. I’m stoked!

  4. Mark Says:

    The guy I wanted!!!! A+ draft so far.

  5. Rickster Says:

    Ithink Sssssssoooooooo!!!!!

  6. Big Picture Guy Says:

    I’m sending Dominik some Omaha Steaks.

  7. raphael Says:


  8. s.marco Says:

    Thank you

  9. Marques Says:


    We have three quality picks . Great value. Immediate starter.

    Trade our 5th for Michael Jenkins (I know he is hurt )

    He needs to come home.

  10. @eric Says:

    Solid draft, Bucs getting kudos left and right from BSPN and NFL network, Buc love, pass the Koolaide, I have a designated driver

  11. ElioT Says:

    This is exactly what I wanted! YEs! Please tell me we still have the 3rd rounder?

  12. J 2.0 Says:

    Repost from last thread.

    We all heard Jon Gruden say “The Bucs, I think, are having the best draft…” with enthusiasm I might add. And Upton was just ripped off, as well as the Rays, and all of us fans!

  13. passenger27 Says:

    Been calling for this kid for over a mnth… ill say it first Mark D. is the best G.M. in in my lifetime as a Buc fan guy wins the draft… can’t predict injury can’t predict longterm success for players but from film eval. Dude drafts the right guys on paper I mean excellent first 3 rounds this year and last

  14. J 2.0 Says:

    Ok Upton was out.

  15. J 2.0 Says:

    He has finaly earned it. ROCKSTAR!!!!

  16. bucs55 Says:

    That bucs defense ready to come back to life let’s get it boys BUCSNATION

  17. Thomas2.2 Says:

    What did Dom give up to move up?

    If you don’t know, don’t call it a steal

  18. Mark Says:

    Adams will bitch about this to.

  19. Big Picture Guy Says:

    I didn’t thin there was any possible way we could get Doug Martin, AND Lavonte David. We pulled it off. Unbelievable!!

  20. Mark Says:

    Ok Upton was out.

    Close call, but out.

  21. BonesMahoney Says:

    Our 3rd and 4th for the David pick and a 7th, Thomas.

  22. Nate Says:


  23. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    3rd and 4th round picks

  24. J 2.0 Says:

    Mark Barron, Doug Martin, Lavonte David!!!! Three starters with the first 3 picks!!!! This is too good to be true.

  25. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    We got their 7th

  26. Mark Says:

    Next, a solid CB or RT?

  27. GenocideD Says:

    Yeahhhhhhhhhh! Frickin’ awesome draft, MD and Coach Schiano! Four rounds worth of picks and we come away with THREE in the top 58. Solid immediate starting contributors!

  28. tylund Says:

    no we got a 7th

  29. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Acquire picks No. 58 and No. 233 in 2012

    Houston Texans: Acquire picks No. 68 and No. 126 in 2012

    thats ok with me!!! no 3rd rounder but we have a stud LB!!!!!!!

    BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Jerry Says:

    Traded this year’s 3rd and 4th. But get the Texans 7th back.

  31. Lion Says:

    Wow, what a draft so far. Landing David, on top of Barron and Martin. Can’t do any better than that. A+. I figured we had no shot at him coming in to day 2!!

  32. J 2.0 Says:

    As far as I am concerned, we got 3 starters in this draft. Anything else from here on out is icing, a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge, and a cherry on top of the cake I would be dreaming of eating off of Rachel Watson.

  33. La Rick Says:

    Shields k’d hamilton

  34. saunders45 Says:

    Husker and Buc fan here. This is a great, great pick. David is one of the best (like top 5) to ever play LB at Nebraska. He’s a baller.

  35. IndoBuc Says:

    Love it, love it, love it! A lot of u were down on Dom after the Barron pick and calling for his head. Look now. He worked magic with the #4 pick that we didn’t even have when the draft started. A+ IMHO.

  36. La Rick Says:

    I agree with the need to trade for mike jenkins

  37. Horice Says:

    Great Job Dom… If you keep this up we will have to have a parade.

  38. J 2.0 Says:

    Can you say “Butch Davis and Greg Schiano are having some serious input on these draft picks?”

  39. Jerry Says:

    We got a lot of mileage out of that 4th round pick. Milked it dry.

  40. ATLBuc Says:

    Bucs have had the best draft so far. Hands down.

  41. Walt B Says:

    Bucs traded Morris Claiborne for Mark Barron, 5 spots at the end of the first, 10 spots at the end of the second, and a 7th. Not bad.

  42. bucs55 Says:

    We adressed our needs great draft so far I wouldn’t mind another linebacker maybe Sean Spencer in the later rounds

  43. Kenny Says:

    He was a projected 2nd to early 3rd round pick….how exactly is it a steal when you take a guy where he was projected to go?

  44. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    if your gna bitch and complain about every pick or move in FA that Dom makes then get off the Bucs bandwagon and go join the Jaguars or Dolphins…. sick of you negative whiners!!!!!! hey Joe make a page that block these cry babies!!!! BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Lion Says:

    Good way to look at it Walt B..

  46. Bobby Says:

    This is a great draft so far. Three immediate impact players.

  47. Garv Says:


    ANOTHER smart move…….soon to be followed by the usual suspects whining about everything Buccaneer.

    Thanks and another hat tip Mark Dominik!

    Draft A+

    Loser “experts” F and a free ticket to Philadelphia!

  48. sean Says:

    domink is hands down the best gm in bucs history. he obviously gets great talent with the picks he gets. the only way he goes down is if all his drafted players have injury problems. the bucs are playoff contenders if and only if the dline stays healthy this year and hopefully aqib talib plays this season. time for price, bennet, bowers, and mccoy to step up. At least an 11-5 record for first time nfl head coach. the sky is limit now..

  49. ClayBURN94 Says:


  50. st. louis Bucs fan Says:


    its a steal when you dont have the pick that he was projected for cuz u used it to grab a #1 RB late in the 1st, then he trades up to get the guy he wants. its a steal!

  51. Lion Says:

    Couldn’t agree more Sean, well said!!

  52. BigMacAttack Says:

    Mel Kiper had David as his #25 player in the draft. Whenever you get the guy you want at the price your willing to pay, its a good pick. All 3 picks are studs and fill SERIOUS NEEDS!!!

  53. BigMacAttack Says:

    base hit 6-1

  54. BigMacAttack Says:

    If Dom moves up again tonight, I’ll miss it. Rays are on a roll 7-1

  55. Thomas2.2 Says:

    This actually madebsense

  56. tylund Says:

    holy crap thomas is happy you know it was good.

  57. Theodore Says:

    Stop congratulating Dominik. His previous drafts aren’t exactly stellar (and they too looked good on draft day).

    But yeah, compared to Allen and McKay, he’s a rock star!

  58. Jacko101 Says:

    We gave up our 3rd and 4th that we acquired in trades. I’m happy tho

  59. 941Buc Says:

    Awesome! A+ draft so far!

  60. k1ngAdroc Says:

    @ Kenny – it’s a steal for the organization b/c we used a draft pick we originally didn’t have to be in a place we weren’t suppose to be to fill a HUGE hole in our D!

    top safety in draft (centerpiece for Shianos D)
    2 best RB in draft (I would argue 1(a)) that fits perfectly
    2 best OLB in draft – great kid —- BYE BYE GENO


  61. Thomas2.2 Says:

    They used the pick they obtained by trading back to 7, to move up into the 2nd to get David.

    They started with a early 1, 2 and 3 but no 4.

    They ended up with an early 1, late 1 and late 2 but no 4.

  62. st. louis Bucs fan Says:


    well said, i live in St. Louis and most of these guys sound like Rams fans bitchin and cryin about everthing. oh well haters will hate. great draft kudos to MD and Shiano!!!! sooooo happy with the draft!!!!!!!!! BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Garv Says:

    “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks into 1st, 1st, 2nd round picks, and got three 3-down starters.”

    Tweeted by a smart man on Twitter.

    “But, but, but I wanted someone else, Claiborne and Richardson. I read in Rolling Stone they were good and I HATE Dominik!”

    Posted here by FAR too many losers claiming they are more than pipe dreaming fools. FREE TICKET TO PHILLYYYYYYYY!

  64. Walt B Says:

    I like Dom but if you wave away his bad luck with GMC’s injuries, he can’t get credit for the Bowers gamble.

  65. BonesMahoney Says:

    lol let’s cool it with the “best GM in Bucs history” talk. It’s one draft and winning in the draft and winning on the field are 2 different things. Love the picks though.

  66. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    LMFAO @ClayBURN94!!!!

    This is the best draft we have had since Brooks and Sapp point blank period!!! I was so excited when I saw TB pop up on the screen saying we traded up. I had a gut feeling we would and this is the guy I wanted. 3 great starters and who cares about the 4th round pick. We got Barron, Martin, and now David with that 4th round pick. I say it went above and beyond a typical 4th rounder!!!

    Lavonte David is my favorite LB in this draft behind Hightower and had him ranked right with Upshaw. He does a lot more than Upshaw can do. He can pressure the QB, find and drill the RB/TE/WR, and drops back in coverage as well as any LB in the draft. I would love to get Shawn Spence in the 5th or 6th as well as Ronnie Hillman. Could be one of the best drafts ever on paper! Keywords are “on paper”. But there is no way you can hate on this draft. If you do then you are no real Buc fan! Thats for sure!!!

  67. Thomas2.2 Says:

    I think Schiano was weighing in instead of the mumbling nonsense of the prior coach.

    I just hope these guys aren’t youngry.

  68. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I love what we have done in FA and the draft. Its WAYYYYY overdue and they made up for many years of hurt feelings and anger issues!!!!

  69. Lion Says:

    Geno Who? HAHAHA

  70. bucoooobruceAlstott Says:

    What a nite draft,rays kickin butt and my other favorite team tigers beating
    yanks,whatching 2 tvs and still flipping back and forth great nite.


  71. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Knocked it out of the park, IMO.

  72. RastaMon Says:

    could of had the best LB in the draft….

  73. st. louis Bucs fan Says:

    on April 18th, Kiper had David as his 24th best player on his board, STEAL!!!!!!!!!

    BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Patrick Says:

    SO WHEN do we pick again?

  75. Oahubuc Says:


    Ripped on Koolaid! Woot!

  76. Bricen Says:

    Josh Norman CB in the 5th, Miles Burris LB in the 6th, whoever with the 7ths. Maybe use them to trade up a litte.

  77. MOBucs Says:

    Wow! Best draft on paper so far! 3 starters out the gate. Schiano and Dom are one hell of a dynamic duo!

  78. Ozzie the Sports Junkie Says:

    Bucs and Dominick are crushing this draft…..Filling needs at obvious positions….Love this kid outta Neb!!Defense cant help but be better than last years train wreck…

  79. tylund Says:

    jags just took punter in third must be the best punter ever.

  80. BigMacAttack Says:

    How can anyone complain right now. It could be whole lot worse.

    Look at the Needs. Look at the Picks.

    No Reaches for Needs.

    Need I say more?

  81. Squadoosh Says:

    Funny…I think most bucs fans wanted David and Martin ..and we got them.
    It feels similiar to the draft where we got Brooks and Sapp….looks great so far!

  82. Capt. Tim Says:

    Cool- David is a great LB. that will help

  83. Buc_The_World Says:

    It’s so funny how so many people was bitchin about the 4th round draft pick we got for moving down and that same draft pick helped us get botb Martin and David…lol

  84. CaptBUC Says:

    WOW! I agree w/ IndoBUC . So many of you were calling for Dom’s head Just 24 hrs. ago! I believe this has been a GREAT draft so far, on paper. Lets enjoy how they grow together for a year! Before we start hoisting another Lombarti Trophy up the with the mainsail. We still need a CB and another RB plus FB Martinek (AKA the new Earnest Graham W/ SPEED). I really hope GMC, PRICE and GRIMM can play the whole year. AGAIN DRAFT GREAT IMPACT PLAYERS !!!! WE JUST STILL NEED MORE!!!

  85. Westcoastbucsfan Says:

    Sean Spence to the Steelers…

  86. Capt. Tim Says:

    Martin and David are both ” A” picks. Stoked to have both of them!
    I’ve been saying Lavonte David as our 2nd round pick for months. Neve figured we’d land both him and Martin. Those are both guys that will have an immediate impact on this team. Barron is a very good Safety- all three will help improve the team!

    Still need a MLB, and 2 corners!

    Wish w had signed Joseph are Nnamdi last year! We’d almost be there!’

    Hopefully we can trade for some CBs