2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

by Cory J. Bonini on March 14, 2012 @ 17:22:56 PDT

 


Nebraska senior Lavonte David, an undersized but speedy 4-3 weakside linebacker prospect, has considerable value in the 2012 NFL Draft for teams that employ a Cover 2 base defense.

Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Undersized, textbook tackler

Strengths

  • Model work ethic, attitude and character
  • Instinctual with respectable reaction time
  • Excellent tackling technique
  • Ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine
  • Great lateral quickness and agility
  • Fluid hips - able to turn to cover tight ends in man-to-man coverage
  • Awareness as a zone defender
  • Highly productive - 152 tackles in 2010 set a team record (285 for his career), including 28 stops for loss, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed

Weaknesses

  • Can be overly aggressive and bite on play-action passes or guess and plug the wrong gap
  • Lacks ideal size (6-foot-1, 233 pounds), which leads to mismatches against stronger blockers and tall tight ends
  • Small hands (8 3/4 inches) and short arms (31 3/4 inches)
  • Is occasionally knocked off balance in pass coverage

Expected draft placement

David could draw interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos are among the teams with the greatest need for this position. The former Cornhusker should come off the board in the late second or early third rounds.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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