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Lavonte David is an interesting case as far as pro-potential is concerned. There is no question David can play football as he stepped right in last year and starting playing at an All-American level pretty much right off the bat.
David can fly around the field from his middle linebacker spot and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. The question about David is his size. At 6'1" his height is not an issue, but he played last season at about 210 to 215 pounds which is more like the size of a safety in the NFL.
Reports are that Lavonte David has bulked up to around 225 pounds this year to help adjust to the more physical play he will face in the Big Ten. It remains to be seen how the extra weight will effect his speed and quickness to the ball.
If he can play at the same speed while carrying the extra pounds that will go a long way to proving he can hack it as a linebacker in the NFL.
My opinion is that David will be able to play with his added bulk and show scouts that he is an NFL-type player.
He may have to move to an outside linebacker spot at the next level, but when I watch Lavonte David play, there is no doubt in my mind that he is a professional football player.