Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians new long before the draft that LSU linebacker Devin White was the player he wanted with the fifth overall pick.
Arians said today that White is a perfect fit for what they want to do on defense, and anyone who thinks a middle linebacker isn’t a big need doesn’t understand everything White can do from the position.
“The tape speaks for itself,” Arians said of White. “People say we need a pass rusher? He’s pretty good at that. And we do like to blitz up the middle, and quarterbacks don’t like pressure up the middle. He fits everything we want as a human being and a football player. I couldn’t be more excited. I probably said six weeks ago, ‘This is our guy.'”
The Bucs got their guy, at a position that has been devalued in some corners of the NFL, but not, apparently, in Tampa.