Buccaneers 2011 Draft Picks: Tampa Bay Takes Adrian Clayborn In The First Round

With the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End out of Iowa. Clayborn is a very powerful defensive end who is a force against the run. He's an extremely physical player who will immediately upgrade their run defense. The problem is that Adrian Clayborn may not be a great pass rusher, which is what the Bucs need. While Clayborn had a terrific Junior Season in 2009 with 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. His production plummeted in 2010, but he wasn't asked to rush and penetrate nearly as much, instead being asked to play contain and hold up an offensive tackle. The question will be whether the 2010 Clayborn is the real Clayborn, or whether the 2009 Clayborn is who the Bucs are getting. 

But Adrian Clayborn is a high-character kid, a very hard worker, a leader on a very physical Iowa defense who loves football. There are some concerns about Erb's Palsy, a condition Clayborn has lived with his entire life and which resulted in nerve damage to the right side of his body. This may mean that he can only play right end and left end, although this doesn't need to be a player. This has not stopped him from being a dominant defensive end so far in his life, and it doesn't need to be a concern going forward. 

The real shocker is that the Buccaneers passed on Da'Quan Bowers, who was dropping because of injury concerns, and Cameron Jordan who the Buccaneers seemed very interested in before the draft. Clayborn now has to go out and prove that the Buccaneers made the right choice. You can go here to read our pre-draft scouting report on Clayborn. 


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