The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected LSU linebacker Devin White with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, adding a dynamic playmaker to the heart of their new-look defense. It is the highest pick the Buccaneers have ever spent on an off-ball linebacker.

The investment of such significant draft capital at the position, and on White in particular, is no surprise given the Buccaneers' change in defensive scheme under Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles, as well as the team's recent results on that side of the ball. In addition, the departure of Kwon Alexander in free agency amplified the Bucs' need to add a difference-maker to the middle of the field.