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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Draft preview series: Nebraska LB Lavonte David

By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon

The 19th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David.

Scouts Inc. rankings: No. 1 outside linebacker, No. 28 overall
Bio: Junior college transfer who was first-team All-Big 12 as a junior and first-team All-Big Ten as a senior. He made 285 tackles in 27 starts at Nebraska, including a school-record 152 in 2010, when he was the Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year. Had 28 tackles for losses, 11.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions for the Cornhuskers.

Lavonte David
Linebacker Lavonte David made 285 tackles in 27 starts at Nebraska, including a school-record 152 in 2010, when he was the Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year.
Size: 6-foot-0 5/8, 233 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59
225-pound bench press reps: 19
Vertical jump: 36.5 inches
Broad jump: 9-foot-11
20-yard shuttle: 4.22 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.28 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan games): Played as a Sam linebacker for the Cornhuskers in their scheme. Has a build like that of a strong safety. Surprising how well he is able to hold the point of attack at this size. Really does a nice job of playing with his hands. Is able to extend and play off blockers to stay on the move. … Has a nose for the ball. See him play low blocks well and work down the line to get in on plays. Reads and reacts very quickly. … Only observed one time against Wisconsin where he allowed himself to get hooked by a blocker. Did a nice job of taking on blockers that were pulling. Wasn’t fooled by blocking schemes. Plays with awareness and understanding of his assignments. … Showed good awareness when he read a screen against Michigan. Read the blockers, saw the back and was able to get in the middle of the play to disrupt. … Did a nice job of being a physical player when he was moved inside behind the line, attacking to fill the hole. Will take on blockers one-on-one and not back down. … Does bother me some when he tries to run under blocks because I didn’t see that type of quickness on the move that would allow him to have much success using that type of technique. … Will wrap up as a tackler in the open field, but there were some plays where he went low and bounced off. Overall was able to get his man on the ground. … Has a feel as a pass rusher even though he doesn’t have much pop like you would see from a Courtney Upshaw of Alabama. Is one of those players that rushes with effort. Doesn’t quit on his rush. … Have seen him be effective in his rush from the outside and the inside where he was able to get a sack against Wisconsin. Did a nice job of bringing the dangerous Denard Robinson of Michigan down in the pocket with really nice effort when he beat the block and wrapped Robinson up. Is not afraid to take a shot on the quarterback when he blitzes whether he gets home or not. … Was effective when he was asked to play in coverage. Good balance and awareness when he dropped. Observed him carrying the tight end up the field against Wisconsin and looked very comfortable doing it. Good position in the route and not allowing separation. … Projects more to a weak side linebacker in the NFL but his nose for the ball, his ability to rush and his ability to play both inside and outside make him an interesting player, flexibility wise. Plays much bigger than his listed height and weight.