We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 2:
Lavonte David, linebacker
What he did in 2013: David had an outstanding second season and firmly established himself as one of the league’s best young linebackers. He recorded 145 tackles, seven sacks and five interceptions.
Why he’s No. 2 in 2014: Since the day he was drafted, David has been compared to Tampa Bay great Derrick Brooks. Those comparisons seemed a little unfair at first. But now it’s looking like David really might be the second coming of Brooks. David’s first two seasons were better than Brooks’ first two. The next step for David is to continue to come up with more big plays. That seems like a good possibility. The weakside linebacker is a key spot in coach Lovie Smith’s defense. Brooks thrived at that position and there’s every reason to believe David will, too.