Buccaneers select Devin White with fifth pick

AP

The Buccaneers selection of LSU linebacker Devin White with the fifth pick might rank as the most predictable of the draft thus far.

Tampa Bay is switching to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and has a pressing need for linebackers. Kwon Alexander, the heart and soul of their defense, signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the 49ers in free agency.

White was the best linebacker in college football the past two seasons.

The Butkus Award winner finished his three-year career with 286 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

He becomes only the fifth inside linebacker drafted in the top 10, joining Rolando McClain (2010), Luke Kuechly (2012), Anthony Barr (2014) and Roquan Smith (2018). Michigan linebacker Devin Bush shouldn’t wait much longer to hear his name, either.

7 responses to “Buccaneers select Devin White with fifth pick

  1. Plus it’s kind of hard to hear anything outside in a large crowd. I could have told you that, networks didn’t figure it out?

  2. Watch Hockey.

    Just check the internet for the picks.

    Terrible, had to turn the channel.

  3. OK we’re over 1/2 way through the first round and it’s real clear why those picking in the top 15 are picking where they are, most have a horrible OL and even in a very limited OL class with the need of OL they’re STILL drafting DL and QBs, they’ll be here picking in the top of the draft again next year!

    There’s a reason that some teams are in the playoffs nearly every year and it all starts with the OL!

  4. Steve Cunningham says:
    April 25, 2019 at 10:30 pm
    OK we’re over 1/2 way through the first round and it’s real clear why those picking in the top 15 are picking where they are, most have a horrible OL and even in a very limited OL class with the need of OL they’re STILL drafting DL
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    The other top 15 pickers not really relevant in this case. This column was about the Bucs taking one of the top four top-rated players in this draft, who all happened to be defensive players. Bucs had the #1 passing offense and the #3 overall offense, so their pressing needs aren’t on offense, but on defense. They made the smartest move possible to better their team. That’s the main point here.

    As far as Charean saying this pick was the most predictable of the draft thus far, really? I’d say the 49ers, who needed a pass-rusher taking Bosa, the top rated pass-rusher in the draft was something everybody expected even more. Then the Jets taking Williams, the top rated player in the entire draft was likewise a no-brainer. Now I’ll grant you the Raiders taking Ferrell came out of left field, but that’s the Raiders for you. Still, there were a lot who thought that given White and Josh Allen both being available @ #5, including ESPN Bucs follower Jenna Laine, that they would choose Allen over White.

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