The strength of most Lovie Smith defenses is at linebacker. The Bucs are no exception.
We already knew that Lavonte David was an important part of the Bucs' defense, but he may become even more important in 2015. This upcoming season will also feature newcomer Bruce Carter, last year's surprise in Danny Lansanah, and rookie Kwon Alexander.
Here is our prediction on how the linebackers might be categorized:
Lavonte David - Not only is David a "roster lock," he may be the most important player on the Bucs defense.
Bruce Carter - Carter has some durability concerns, but he is also a huge upgrade over Mason Foster from last season. At middle linebacker, Bruce Carter may be the glue the Bucs need for their defense.
Kwon Alexander - Alexander was a tremendous grab for the Bucs in the 4th round of the 2015 draft. The athletic and fast linebacker should make an immediate impact on special teams before eventually becoming a starter.
Danny Lansanah - Lansanah had a very strong 2014. Three interceptions and two touchdowns will put you on the map as a defensive player. I think Lansanah will be pushed by the athletic Kwon Alexander, but in the end, Lansanah should still be the Bucs strongside linebacker.
On the Bubble
Khaseem Greene - Greene joined the Bucs this off-season after playing for Lovie Smith in Chicago. Greene was always considered an excellent fit for the "Tampa 2" defense.
Orie Lemon - Lemon got some big opportunities in 2014 and took advantage of them. I don't view Lemon as a potential starter on defense, but he can be a good backup and special teams player.
Jason Williams - Williams has always had strong potential, but injuries have held him back from realizing it. He is still a talented player, but with the Bucs having strong depth, it may be difficult for Williams to secure a roster spot.
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