NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein released his top eight candidates to win the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award this upcoming season, topped by the Bucs’ fifth-overall draft pick Devin White.

White will be tasked with taking over a middle linebacker — and leadership — position that was left with a void after Tampa Bay chose to not re-sign Kwon Alexander this past offseason. Zierlein believes that White has the potential to not only fill the position, but thrive in it quickly.

“White might have been the fourth defensive player to come off the board (drafted fifth overall, after Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Clelin Ferrell), but he’s my favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, thanks to his speed, work ethic and football IQ. With Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh up the middle for the Bucs, expect opposing running games to spill outside, which will play right into White’s blazing chase-and-tackle speed (he ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine). Like Colts linebacker — and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year — Darius Leonard, who led the NFL last season with 163 tackles, White has the talent and traits to fill up a number of stat columns on a regular basis, which will only strengthen his case.”

See Zierlein’s complete list of Rookie of the Year candidates here.

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  1. Sounds Good! But don’t you think it will sound even better If we can sign him and get him into camp.

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  2. Zero chance he isn’t sighted and in camp on time. Sounding like Ass-Bobber there. Lol.

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  3. “Zero chance he isn’t signed and in camp on time”. What makes you so confident?? I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with his hands and every day he wakes up is his chance to sign the contract. Camp is only a few weeks away and the money is available with little room in the CBA to negotiate. I may sound like Ass-Bobber but I’m not the one making a prediction here.

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  4. They all sign in order. As soon as the 6th or 4th pick sign, White will sign.

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  5. After Whites 100 million dollar comment, its pretty clear he will scrap and fight for every penny. I wouldnt be surprised if he held out and wasnt in camp on time.

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  6. Some big prediction there. The fifth pick in the draft should contend for rookie honers.

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  7. Dear Devin,
    I personally think you are short stocky player with big mouth piece and there are at least 4 players drafted after you I would rather had.
    That said I am sure your will sign only after creating a lot of stress and bad will for Bucs.
    Most likley you will be good starter and play for a 2nd contract baring injury.
    However if you are as good as you think you are you will have been drafted on a team with no other defence stars Bucs opponents will simply avoid you and you will spend you time here in Tampa just like Gerald McCoy a few pro bowls but in general you will be unknown and watch playoffs from the recliner just like the rest of us..
    If I was you I would force a trade to a big market team and allow the new GM to have 2 first picks in 2020 draft, we will need a QB really really bad .
    Thanks BUC ASS BOB also know as moron and dumbass by the other posters on this site.

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  8. So here we have a prediction about one of our new players that should encourage the fans. Yet here in Bucville, we seek out that “yeah but” retort. In this case it’s that White hasn’t signed his contract yet. This isn’t the 1980’s guys. Salaries are slotted. Players don’t “hold out” anymore. And as usual, Bob gives us his talent evaluation that is so predictable.

    Macabee, can you explain to those folks.

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  9. I’m not suggesting that D White is holding out, But players even under the modern day CBA holdout Scubog: M Mariota, S Thomas, Jabrill Peppers, J Bosa to name a few. The issue is not for more money because that’s set, it’s how the money is paid out over the coarse of the deal. Teams will include language in a contract that can restrict guaranteed money for something as simple as arguing with a position coach really. So agents/lawyers counter offer with offset language to remove some of those restrictions so that there client receives more guaranteed money. Again I am not suggesting that White is holding out but there’s a chance he and his agent are fighting with our FO over payouts.

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