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Bucs selected LSU linebacker Devin White with 5th pick

Josh Ciganek

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With the 5th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Devin White, a linebacker out of LSU. White will fill a huge gap that was left in the departure of Kwon Alexander who signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

White is the first linebacker taken by the Bucs in the first round since the 1995 NFL Draft. The Bucs traded back into the first round that year to select, now Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks.

The now former-LSU Tiger won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country, as well as first-team All-SEC honors and multiple AP All-American accolades.

Here is what NFL.com’s synopsis of White is:

“Running back convert out of high school who continues to show rapid development as a high-impact linebacker in a physical conference. White is still learning to take on blocks and play with better control/efficiency, but he’s a willing pupil and coaching should improve both areas. White’s work ethic, competitiveness, and rare play speed are elements that can’t be taught and should push him into an early starter’s role and a successful NFL career.”

White has a lot of explosive power behind him that allowed him to show huge improvements while at LSU. After having plenty of options between White, Josh Allen, and Ed Oliver, Head Coach Bruce Arians, and General Manager Jason Licht pulled the trigger and got their defensive quarterback.

This is the third time in four years that the Bucs have selected a defensive player in the first round. White now joins a Todd Bowles-led defense that features Lavonte David and former LSU linebacker Kendall Beckwith at the linebacker position.

Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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