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Buccaneers draft David

The first Husker is off the board.

Tampa Bay selected Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David with the 58th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday. The pick was Tampa Bay’s second pick, which came 26 picks into the second round.

David returns to Florida for the first time since high school, where he played in Miami. He will join former-Huskers Larry Asante and Carl Nicks in Tampa Bay. Another familiar name on the Tampa roster to Husker fans is Josh Freeman, the starting quarterback, who a former Nebraska commit who shifted his commitment to Kansas State in the final stages of recruiting, before becoming a first round pick by the Buccaneers.

The Bucs traded up to draft David after initially trading back in the second round. David was initially projected as a second round pick, before rising to a projected late first round projection. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had David listed as his No. 24 player entering the draft, and at the time David was drafted, he was listed as the second best player available, and the top remaining defensive player.

David holds the school record for tackles in a season at Nebraska, and will join new coach Greg Schiano in their first season in Tampa, with Schiano coming over from Rutgers.

By Chris Peters

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