Tampa Bay's Lavonte David is known as one of the league's top linebackers. Yet he continues to get snubbed out of the Pro Bowl and after being elected First-team All-Pro last season, he doesn't come close to making the All-Pro team this year.
On Friday, the Associated Press released their NFL All-Pro teams and only one Buccaneer appeared on it and that was defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. But he was able to rack up enough votes for second-team honors.
David, after posting incredible numbers last season, had a drop off in 2014. Reason for that is the type of scheme the Buccaneers converted to after head coach Lovie Smith took over. However, David still ranked among the league's best.
He ranks in the Top 5 or 10 in nearly every statistical category among linebackers across the league. All that did not matter as David only got two total votes.
Linebackers in a 3-4 scheme get most of the publicity. Their sacks and flashiness draw the most attention. But David has shown in two different systems how he can dominate the opposition. Unfortunately the voters continue to overlook him.
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