The Bucs managed to make some improvements at certain positions through free agency and the draft. All in all, this is a better team than last season, but out of all positions on the team, none has improved more than the LBs. With little salary cap room available the Bucs still managed to sign OLB Shaquil Barrett from Denver. Barrett can play at any LB spot, but is best when he can pin his ears back and rush the passer. Playing behind Von Miller and with limited playing time, Barrett showed that he is a very capable pass rusher, and could be due for a breakout season.
The Bucs weren’t finished there, with the 5th pick in this year’s draft the Bucs took MLB Devin White. I consider White to be a once in a decade type of player, and one that I’m sure has many Pro Bowls in his future. He excelled at the combine and when paired at MLB with Lavonte David they could be the best MLB duo in the league.
Yes, I know some of you wanted to keep Kwon Alexander and he was a good LB. One that could rack up a lot of tackles with his excellent sideline to sideline speed. On the other hand, he wasn’t very good at plugging the run or in pass coverage. Trust me the future of this team starts with Devin White.