Doug Martin and Josh Freeman have rightfully headlined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' resurgence, with the team's offense averaging more than 34 points per game over the last five.
But rookie linebacker Lavonte David has played a tremendously integral role in the organization's turnaround.
His 90 total tackles rank him sixth in the NFL, and his 73 solo tackles trail only James Laurinaitis, Derrick Johnson and Daryl Washington for the league lead.
As you (the informed reader) know, the tackle statistic doesn't always tell the whole story.
However, David's been more than a guy who racks up a bunch of tackles down the field.
According to TeamRankings.com, David has 13 tackles for loss, which is the most of any linebacker in football.
At 6'1'' and 233 pounds, David is ideally built to play outside linebacker in the Buccaneers' 4-3 alignment, and he has incredible range and athleticism.
The next up-and-coming impact outside linebacker resides in Tampa Bay.