PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2019 NFL Draft with its position previews. Taylor Jenkins previews the inside linebacker position with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need from the middle linebacker position, a detailed list of this year’s top inside linebackers, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.

What The Bucs Have At Inside Linebacker

The Bucs are in a transitional period, both from a base 4-3 defense to a 3-4, as well as at the inside linebacker position. With an ankle injury to Kendell Beckwith that has become increasingly concerning about his NFL future to the loss of Kwon Alexander when he signed his astronomical contract with San Francisco ($54 million over four years), the Bucs have been left shallow at the position.

Bucs ILB Kevin Minter

Bucs ILB Kevin Minter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Lavonte David will slide inside and be one of the team’s primary inside linebackers playing the MO linebacker spot on the weakside, while Deone Bucannon will likely be the team’s other inside linebacker called the MONEYBACKER when they roll out their nickel defense, or if a particular match-up calls for it. Kevin Minter is currently in line to start opposite David at MIKE in Todd Bowles’ base 3-4 defense, while Riley Bullough and Jack Cichy, who is still recovering from a torn ACL last October, sit behind them on the depth chart, but expect that to change.

What The Bucs Need At Inside Linebacker

The Bucs are going to need to add at least one more middle linebacker before the season rolls around, likely through the draft. As PewterReport.com has reported numerous times, that spot could very well be filled by LSU inside linebacker Devin White at pick No. 5, or Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush if they choose to trade back. If someone unexpected, say Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen or Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, drops to the Bucs at No. 5 then their hand may be forced, but regardless whether it is in the first round or later, expect Tampa Bay to add an interior linebacker from this draft.

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Doctor_Berto
2 years ago

Devin White = overrated

Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

I want no part of 8.5 career sacks at the 5th pick. If Bosa, Allen and Williams are off the board, trade down!!

Bucsfan1983
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

* in 3 seasons at LSU

Theerealdiehl
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

He’s a middle linebacker guy not a DE or 3-4 OLB lol

wish-in-one-hand
2 years ago

People talk about White and the concerns with his missed tackles but with the information posted, ponder this “In his sophomore year he stood out with a nation-leading 133 tackles while adding 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. His junior year was no different”. That means with his missed tackles he was still running all over the field making plays, to me that’s crazy and his effort is off the charts this also shows he was the heart and soul of the defense in LSU. Whether or not he is our pick I wouldn’t be upset with him, we… Read more »

DT25
2 years ago

Dare I say, I much prefer we take Pratt in the 4th and address the DL, OL, and secondary in the top 3 rounds.

EricNV
2 years ago

Bucsfan1983 Apr. 18, 2019 at 11:07 am
I want no part of 8.5 career sacks at the 5th pick. If Bosa, Allen and Williams are off the board, trade down!!

Did LSU blitz their LBs a lot? From the ILB position?

EricNV
2 years ago

DT25, The Bucs could draft Sione Takitaki in the 3rd-4th round and get their Kwon replacement. Takitaki’s description matches Alexander’s. I think the Bucs could trade down a few spots and still get a really good, pro bowl-quality DT in the first, a rock solid DE/OLB/RG with two picks in the second, ILB in the 3rd, another DT in the 4th (Khalen Saunders?), and CB in the 5th.

EricNV
2 years ago

Damn, I just watched the Pratt highlight reel and came away wondering why this guy is only considered a 4th round pick. Excellent production his senior year and the tape shows good athleticism and closing speed.

LIBucsFan93
2 years ago

One thing is a given, whomever the Bucs select fans will find a way the dislike the selection. Devin White is exactly what the Bucs defense needs. A Hardy Nickerson/Ray Lewis type that will demand accountability. Problem is I don’t think White gets past Oakland at #4.

Doctor_Berto
2 years ago

We will find a way to dislike the selection because you don’t take a MLB in the top 5!! Thats straight insanity.

surferdudes
2 years ago

The Bucs can find another decent LB later in the draft, but he won’t be that person White is. Read the top again of page one. This defense needs a field general more then anything. They need a fire starter, and this kids got it, we need it. It’s obvious to me Arians is looking for that guy who will bring a kick ass mentality to the defense. No one is rated with those leadership intangibles higher in this years draft then Devin White, just what we need most.

seat26
2 years ago

Worst kept secret. Bucs will pick Devin White 5 unless a suiter offers the farm in return to move up. Not my pick, but still a damn good player.

Theerealdiehl
2 years ago

I love his natural abilities, leadership, and his instincts. He seems to have knack for turnovers and big plays. The HUGE negative I saw was form tackling. Like seriously, did they ever do a tackling drill at LSU? His head is never on the right side and he gets by with a lot of arm tackles.

Theerealdiehl
Reply to  Theerealdiehl
2 years ago

In regards to Devin White*