It’s time to continue our pre-draft position-by-position look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the linebackers.
Where things stand: On the weak side, Lavonte David has emerged as one of the best young linebackers in the NFL. He should stand out even more in the new defensive scheme. It’s the same system in which weak-side linebacker Derrick Brooks had a Hall of Fame career. David makes the other linebackers around him better and that’s good news for Mason Foster in the middle and Jonathan Casillas on the strong side. Foster will call the defensive signals and he needs to show he can handle more pass coverage than he’s had to in the past. Casillas has the potential to have a good impact, but needs to show he can stay healthy. Beyond the three starters, there’s not a lot of depth at linebacker.
What to watch for: Linebacker isn’t likely to be a position where the Bucs use an early draft pick because they’re in good shape with their starters. But they could use a later draft pick on a linebacker, particularly if he can play special teams.