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Bucs top pick Devin White shows off baseball arm

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There will be a lot of eyes on Buccaneers number one pick middle linebacker Devin White, when training camp and the preseason roll around upcoming this July. An example of that was White showing off his baseball arm (or not) at the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night match up with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim.

The rookie out of LSU, who the Bucs took with the 5th overall pick in April, was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before game one of the four-game series at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg Thursday night.

Take a look at how White did under the glare of the baseball spotlight:

Yes, it was a one-hopper to the plate, but still credit White for the attempt.

And, there will be a much brighter lights on White come, when the Buccaneers, under the new coaching staff led by Bruce Arians and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, get ready to put the team through training camp preparation.

Bowles wasted no time shortly after White was taken in explaining why White became a favorite in their “War Room” and an obvious choice, when the Buccaneers were on the clock in round one. Bowles said to the media then, that White made the decision easy when they evaluated and interviewed him:

“It was impressive. Obviously, he’s a bright kid, lights up a room when he walks in. The film speaks for itself and to have a player like that, we’re just happy to get him in and to get to work.”

And, on White assuming a leadership role by essentially “quarterbacking the defense,” the former Jets head coach of the last four years, Bowles added,

“It’s important, because you really want a quarterback at every level of the defense: up front, in the middle and in the back. And have one in the middle. Not that Lavonte (David) wasn’t, because he is and he’s a heck of a player. So, we got to him in the middle right now, and that makes me comfortable.”

White was the leading tackler in the SEC in 2018 and will be heavily counted on to see significant playing time and learn from and work in tandem with perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David.

One other remaining variable is that White is one of five first-round picks, who, as of Thursday, has yet to sign his deal. Still,  in the present day with the rookie salary cap and wage scale, it’s something that should get done before the Bucs begin to practice in late July.

And, at least the Bucs organization apparently doesn’t have to worry about White trying to pull a Russell Wilson and play baseball for a living.

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