NFL Network’s Peter Schrager said on Good Morning Football on Monday that his pick for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 is none other than the Bucs’ second-year linebacker, Devin White.

“I’ve been hyping this guy all summer long,” Schrager said. “I have him as my No. 1 breakout player of the year. I said that he could be a Top 10 player in the entire league, and I’m picking him as Defensive Player of the Year.”

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager

Despite playing through tonsillitis in Week 1 before suffering a knee injury in the Bucs’ Week 2 match-up against Carolina that forced him to miss three additional games, White nearly forced himself into the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation last season.

In 2019, White finished his rookie campaign with 91 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one interception, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. White was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“Everything we’ve seen out of Tampa Bay, the offense is clicking,” Schrager said. “But the quiet monster down there is the defense and this guy is the leader of the whole unit. Yes, Lavonte David has been a star linebacker in this league for quite some time. Devin White is an entirely different deal.”

Schrager continued.

“You add him with Shaq Barrett, with Jason Pierre-Paul, with [Ndamukong] Suh, with Vita Vea, and I think Devin White might be a Luke Keuchly-type player this season. I think he might be a Patrick Willis-type player this season. And I think that if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on to win 11 or 12 games like I think they will, and they’re on prime time every single week like I think they will be, I believe that Devin White’s going to be not only a household name, but the leader in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year when this thing is all said and done.”

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Buc on the Move
8 months ago

I think we can pump the breaks on this over the top nonsense. I especially hope #45 doesn’t let this kind of garbage take give him the big head.

If he can pass Lavonte David for best linebacker on this team, that would be a major move for him. But DPOY, come on…

Captain Sly
Reply to  Buc on the Move
8 months ago

Wait! Schrager makes a good Point. Derrick Brooks 2002’ DPOY with 170 tkl, 5 Int, 1 sack ; Devin White 2019’ 91 tkl, 1 Int, 2.5 sacks…Can’t be too quick to dismiss, It’s entirely possible!

chefboho
Reply to  Buc on the Move
8 months ago

What makes this over the top? his stats for the year including the games he missed were outstanding. He should only get better being healthy and having a year experience which should improve on his numbers last year. Glad to see your’e a glass half empty kind of guy.

scubog
Reply to  chefboho
8 months ago

What glass?

76bucsfan46
8 months ago

Let’s hope so, and Antoine Winfield wins defensive rookie of the year.

plopes808
8 months ago

I agree, White is a beast! He’s already lost his “under the radar” status as I wasn’t able to get him in fantasy this year. I was lucky enough to get Lavonte, but White went a few picks later.

There will be quite a few guys that will become household names this year. The Brady effect will not only push them all to up their game, but will give everyone a level of exposure the team hasn’t had since the Super Bowl era.

Brandonges
8 months ago

Bold prediction: Jamel Dean is the best second year player on defense

drdneast
8 months ago

Although it’s pleasant to hear the accolades it means absolutely nothing considering the source.
Except for Nate Burleson, the rest of the cast of Good Morning Football are a pack of clownish dweebs with a little eye candy thrown into the batch..