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Bucs trade up, grab Nebraska LB David

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:32 AM
TAMPA -

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers engineered their third trade of the 2012 NFL Draft, moving back into the second round to select Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David on Friday night.

David, a 6-foot, 233-pound outside linebacker, was taken with the 58th pick after the Bucs traded their third-round pick (68th overall) and a fourth-round selection for Houston's second- and seventh-round selections.

The move fills a major hole at the second level of the Bucs' defense, which has been without a weakside linebacker since the team allowed three-year starter Geno Hayes go to the Bears in free agency.

Another team captain - the third the Bucs have drafted this year - David wowed scouts as much with his off-field approach to the game as his on-field skills and abilities.

A scouting report produced by Pro Football Weekly scout Nolan Nawrocki called David a "coachable film junkie" who "breathes football" and "takes pride in his craft."

Forced into a role as the Cornhuskers' middle linebacker early in the 2010 season, David wound up setting a single-season school record for tackles with 156 and was named the Husker's defensive MVP.

David recorded 133 tackles during the 2011 season, while also recording three forced fumbles and two pass interceptions after moving over to the weakside linebacker spot.

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