Lavonte David 2012 NFL Draft quick report

LINCOLN NE - OCTOBER 16: Running back Foswhitt Whittaker #28 of the Texas Longhorns is brought down by linebacker Lavonte David #4 and defensive tackle Jared Crick #94 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.

Lavonte David, Nebraska
Height: 6'0 1/2, Weight: 233 pounds

Strengths: David is an instinctive linebacker who can make plays all over the field. Has the tools to be the best coverage linebacker in this year's draft. David is a smooth athlete whose change of direction is great. Has added power to his frame since the season ended.

Weaknesses: In his two years at Nebraska, David had some issues taking down stronger running backs and tight ends in the open field. Often had to hold up the ball carrier and wait for help tackles. Struggles to get off blocks at times.

Combine quotable: (On getting stronger) I'm really working on getting stronger, more physical. That's a big part of my game that I'm going to try to work on, and I'm going to try to take it to the next level.

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