Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wheel, Deal to Get Lavonte David in Second Round

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 27, 2012

Lavonte David is undersized but is an explosive hitter.
Lavonte David is undersized but is an explosive hitter.Eric Francis/Getty Images

Mark Domink said on Friday afternoon he wouldn't hesitate to trade up to get a player the Buccaneers wanted.

He did exactly that and jumped into the second round and nabbed Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David with the 26th pick.

The Bucs got there by wheeling and dealing with the Houston Texans. The Bucs gave the Texans their third and fourth round picks, got the Texans second round pick and a seventh round pick, the 233rd overall.

David is an outside linebacker and he was ranked high by most scouting services, he's projected as a starter on the weak side. He could be the replacement for Geno Hayes, who was not re-signed and went to the Chicago Bears.

The Bucs have now signed three players who fill big needs. Mark Barron, the first round pick and David should bring improved tackling skills to the defense. The defense could find itself with David competing for the WILL position, Mason Foster in the middle and Quincy Black as the SAM.

The move leaves the Bucs without any picks in the third and fourth rounds. They will have the fifth pick in Round 5, the fourth pick in Round 6 and the fifth and 26th choices in Round 7.