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Lavonte David gives the Bucs their second rookie of the month award

Lavonte David

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David walks the sidelines in the second half during an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in Miami. The Buccaneers defeated the Dolphins 20-7. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2012 draft class is looking good.

In October, rookie running back Doug Martin was named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the month. Now it’s rookie linebacker Lavonte David’s turn.

David has been named the NFL’s defensive rookie of the month for November after he had a combined 47 tackles in four games, including five tackles for loss, while the Bucs went 3-1 in the month and moved up in the NFC playoff race.

The Bucs liked David enough in April’ draft that they traded up to get him, giving up their third-round pick and their fourth-round pick to draft David with the Texans’ second-round pick. That trade is looking like a good deal for Tampa Bay.