Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David is a rookie who has yet to make my top 10, but nearly every week he is right on the cusp. And frankly, he has a decent shot at walking away with Defensive Rookie of the Year honors when the season is over.
But like nearly everyone on the Buccaneers, their Week 15 blowout loss to the Saints did not help his cause. David's body of work has been outstanding, though. His movement skills are simply terrific. He is all over the field in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of the fantastic work Derrick Brooks did at outside linebacker in Tampa Bay's 4-3 scheme.