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April 28, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
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Bucs Make Clayborn First-Round Pick

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The Bucs selected Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn with their first-round pick on Thursday night. Clayborn fills a dire need on the Bucs roster at the defensive end position. The Bucs hope he will provide a much needed pass rush to go along with stout play against the run.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Clayborn fills one of the biggest needs on the Bucs roster for a starting defensive end. Tampa Bay was last in the NFC in sacks in 2010 and has not had a double digit sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005. Clayborn is expected to help improve the pass rush for Tampa Bay along with being a key contributor in the run game.

Throughout his collegiate career Clayborn totaled 192 tackles with 37.5 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, seven forced fumbles, eight passes patted down, and three blocked kicks. His best season came as a junior when he totaled 70 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, and four forced fumbles. He also blocked a punt and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown against Penn State. As a senior Clayborn made 52 tackles with 3.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one blocked kick.


Entering the 2010 college football season Clayborn, 22, was viewed as a potential top-five pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. During the season Clayborn did get some additional attention in the form of double-teams after his banner junior season, but the Iowa product did not match the stellar numbers that he put up his junior season.


At the scouting combine, Clayborn did not participate in the bench press drill, but did run the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds along with recording a vertical jump of 33". Clayborn also had the best 20-yard shuttle time in the combine for defensive linemen running the drill in 4.13 seconds. Clayborn was hosted by Tampa Bay on a pre-draft visit. Afterwards he spoke with Pewter Report.

“It was a et with the defensive line coaches and the head coach, and the GM. I really liked them a lot and feel like it would be a great fit,” said Clayborn. “They did a good job of explaining to me the defense and how I would fit well into it. With Raheem it was a great one. We talked about certain things. It looks like a good fit and I like both the [defensive line] coaches. We’ll see. It was an overall good meeting and great day.”

Clayborn is a power football player that can immediately start at the left defensive end position for the Bucs. He uses his power to rip off blocks and shed offensive linemen to the side to open up a lane to get the quarterback and he will bull rush tackles.

The Bucs run defense will also get a boost out of having Clayborn on the defensive line. He is stout at the point of attack, and while he doesn't frequently bust into the backfield to make a big play, he does not get moved off the ball or pushed back. With his stature and strength, Clayborn plays with very good leverage.

After Clayborn’s banner junior season many projected him to be a top 10 pick entering his senior season. The reduced sack numbers have some believing that Clayborn will have to play left defensive end in the pros. At Iowa, Clayborn was exclusively at right defensive end. After being born with Erb’s Palsy Clayborn’s right arm was affected and he cannot extend it fully. While Clayborn plays with strength and power, the Erb’s Palsy translates to reduced weight room strength as he managed 17 reps of 225 pounds, a low number for a defensive linemen. 



Some have wondered if the right arm issues prevent him from being able to play left defensive end. Clayborn has worked out at both end spots for NFL teams and they have told him that his explosion out of his stance has been timed the same from the right or left side. He is confident that he can play both sides of the line of scrimmage.

“That’s pretty much what I’ve heard. I know I can and we’ll see which team trusts my work and believes that I can,” said Clayborn. “I feel I can be a great pass rusher, and I feel I can play left end and take on tight ends and bigger tackles and stuff like that.”

Clayborn was a team captain at Iowa and is something that the Buccaneers look for and took into great consideration when making their pick. Throughout his time with the Hawkeyes Clayborn was hailed by the coaching staff and teammates as an excellent locker room leader. He was named to the program's leadership committee the past three years.

The drafting of Clayborn marks the first time the Buccaneers have selected someone from the Big 10 conference with their first pick in the draft since the team took Michigan's Marquis Walker in the third round of the 2002 draft. The last time that the Buccaneers had the 20th pick in the draft was in 2008 when they selected cornerback Aqib Talib.

With the drafting of Clayborn the Buccaneers now have a total of seven defensive ends on their roster. That group includes Clayborn, Alex Magee, Michael Bennett, and Kyle Moore, who are all expected to compete for roster spots and roles on the defense. The primary starters from last season, Stylez White and Tim Crowder, are scheduled to be free agents and may not be re-signed.

~ by Charlie Campbell and Andrew Scavelli

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    It would have been intriquing to pick Da'Quan Bowers who was the top rankded DE for months and Top overall much of the Time. But 32 teams can't be wrong when it comes to the durbility of that knee. He may become a value pick in RD2, and he may become a Rookie Pro Bowl candidate. I respect Dominicks concern for the unknown in the first round. Another player which at first suprised me was DE Cameron Jordon. Great resume with one exception.Several analyst question his pass rushing ability. We need a pass rush and while it would be great to have the #2/3 rated DE if we don't get the pass rush "mission not accomplished." So I am satisfied with Clayborne. Now lets finish the job and pick-up pass rushers in Rd2 & 3. Pressure up front will take Pressure off the secondary. No flash players, just solid high percentage picks. Good Job. Go Bucs........
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    I like the pick. I was skeptical when looking at film and his production last year, but I'm no scout by any means and I'll leave that to the professionals. I trust the Bucs made the right choice and took the guy they really liked from the start. It will be fun to watch this young D line get after it.
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    Told everyone from the start that Clayborn would be the pick. This dude is real! I was so glad when the skins pick Kerrigan, I knew Clayborn was coming to us. Watch this dude go to work! Im with u Clayborn 100%! Good pick Dominick and Morris. I hope we get Sheard or Nate Irving in the 2nd round.
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    We made the "safe and durable" pick. Not a bad choice in my opinion, though I would have gone with Castonzo personally. I will like the Clayborn pick a lot more if we get one of the better pass-rushing OLB's in round 2 tonight. Lots of edge-rushers like Brooks Reed and Akeem Ayers still available. Clayborn should be a beast against the run.
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    Scubog...exactly. I am still amazed sometimes at the ability of the media to shape public opinion. It seems the ability to think independently and seek out information for the sake of itself is a lost art. When Dominik says, "three for three", that means he got exactly who he wanted in the first round three years in a row. I will "go out on a limb" here and say that all three of those picks will be starters for the Bucs for the next 8-10 years and all three of them will make at least one Pro Bowl.
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    I would have liked this pick better if we traded back a little and swapped seconds or something to get ayers or bowers. The fact that this guy did not do much in big games this year concerns me but if we get bowers i will be happy with both of them.
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    Now that I've had time to sleep over this pick, I'm even more convinced that this was the best pick at 20. When all is said and done, I think that we will all come to that conclusion. Atlanta and NO's moves in the draft demonstrate a real fear of the Bucs in the NFC South.
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    Gee JonnyG, why so harsh? Isn't Clayborn a defensive end just like you wanted? You guys a just crack me up. We all know virtually nothing about any of these players except what we read or watch on a Youtube video. Jonny, to declare that the Bucs have "blown" this and the recent first round picks before McCoy has even played a full season and Clayborn barely has worn a Bucs cap is just a little short-sighted. You want blown 1st round picks, they're littered in the Bucs' lore. But before writing off Freeman, McCoy and Clayborn, can we give it another year or two? I heard Casserly on NFL Network say that the norm is a 75% chance that a first round pick will be a starter after 4 years. I'll go out on a limb and say that all three of the Dominik picks will be starters their first year. Flboyindallas: That was great insight for those who ignored every point of player evaluation except "sacks". That's all they look at to determine a player's worth. Just two seasons ago Buc fans were clamoring for Larry English because PR kept pimping him and bemoaned the Freeman pick just as they are now chiding Clayborn because PR kept pimping Kerrigan. The media leads us all down these paths with their player evaluations but they all merely repeat each other. I must admit, I did think at that point Cameron Jordan would be the choice. Why? because PR told us so.
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    Scubog- Yes, We got a DE which is what I wanted but no Clayborne I thought he was overated, I have seen more than just his you tube highlights I watched the Insight bowl game the Ohio St game and Michigan game. He is not quick, he has short arms and doesnt get in the back field very often. PR even said the same thing saying " he is over rated" so its not just me. Listen alot of Bucs Fans particularily on here will like any pick we take because they don't want to admit we missed they would rather be hopefull and make excuses why the guy wasn't that productive in college. Not me I stick to my guns and my opinion.We should have traded up for Amakumara or Kerrigan big mistake Dominck big mistake
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    Our answer for helping a disgusting corp of De's is drafting Greg Spires. Congrats Dominick. First round grades in NFC South Carolina- C Atlanta- A Saints-A Bucs-D
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    Ummm........last time I checked Greg Spires played very well for the Bucs and made a big impact in the Superbowl. If Adrian turns out to be Greg Spires than this would be an AWESOME pick. Get a life jongruden last time I checked you are not a NFL GM. By the way, why are you automatically giving the Saints and Falcons both A's. The Falcons got a good player, but they gave up ALOT to get him and they have desperately needed a DE. The Saints didn't give up as much as Atlanta but they still won't have their 2012 1st rounder.
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    WELL TAMPA BAY AND DRAFT FANS-WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS YOUNG MAN ABOUT WHAT HE HAD TO OVERCOME ALL HIS LIFE. ITS REMENDS MYSELF ALL THESE 37YRS AS A VOLUNTEER YOUTH SPORTS AS WELL OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES AFTER HOURS. I HAVE WORK WITH YOUNG PLAYERS THAT WAS IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND THE RESPONSE THAT THESE ATHLETICS RESPONSE. IT MAKE ME GOOSEBUMBS. CLAYBORN WILL MAKE THE REST OF THE NFL TO TAKE NOTICE. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THIS NEW YOUNG TAMPABAY DEFENSE WILL BRING TO THE TABLE, AGAIN IN ANOTHER COLUMN, CAN YOU IMAGINE IF TAMPA COULD GET HOUSTON-OLB FROM GA, GREG ROMEUS DE FROM PITTSBURGH. THEY WOULDNOT WANT TO PLAY TAMPA IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE TOO, SO FANS IAM SO GLAD THIS YOUNG MAN WAS SELECTED BY TAMPA. BRING ON FOOTBALL-GO BUCS
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    I don't have a problem with the Clayborn pick. In my post yesterday I assumed it would be Clayborn or Bowers. However, I'm mildly disappointed that Dominik could'nt read the flow of the draft and trade down to get another 3rd especially with Jordan still on the board. To be fair, perhaps there was no willing trade partner at the time, but there are lessons to be learned by the young Dominik by observing the crafty moves of Bellichek. Clayborn is a huge improvement over what we now have especially in stopping the run. Regarding other events in the draft, there is a huge lump in my throat having to face both Detroit and Atlanta with their 1st round picks.
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    Dominick needs to learn from Bellichek?? From being "crafty" Bellichek lost out on drafting Clay Matthews when they desperately needed a pass rush and they also passed on Ingram when they could of used a RB. Dominck is doing fine and I have a feeling that he will have another solid draft class.
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    Very good selection and welcome to Tampa Bay Adrian!! I don't understand all the haters commenting on here. Adrian is a very good pass rusher, plays well against the run and uses his hands well to protect himself against blockers. The only down side he has is that he doesn't have an elite first step to get off the lline and please don't mention his genetic disorder as a weakness. He played his whole career in high-school and college with his shoulder disorder and his game never suffered from it. He actually worked with his strength coach in Iowa to strengthen his shoulder and now it is a non issue Now I don't think Adrian is an elite player, but he is the type of player that will start at day 1 at RE for the next 8 to 10 years and we will get solid production from him.
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    At some point if your the Bucs management you have to look at the possibility of moving up to get Bowers, Ayers or Brooks. I think they need to move up 10 spots to get one of those 3 players, provided the run on QBs continues. It has been heavily speculated that Cincy is enamored with Dalton and Miami seems destined to get Mallett, so that means we should have 2 of the first 3 picks being helpful to us.
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    I am 50/50 on this.But i trust in Dominik. BUCS RULE!!!
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    Thanks FLBoyInDallas. I think Dominik and Morris are on the money with this pick. We may have been able to trade down and still get him but why take the chance if this is your guy. Forget all that other crap. This is our guy.
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    Money's on Mason Foster, Martez Wilson, Bruce Carter, Dontay Moch or Jason Pinkston as the second round selection.
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    Good first round lets hope for an even better second round... how about a replacement for Aqib Talib or draft a mean Linebacker.
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    Oh yeah, and for those who say we always blow 1st round pick, really Freeman was a blown pick? And I can certainly live with McCoy as well. We have drafted well the last 2 years from top to bottom. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I had Claiborne as a late 1st/early 2. I can live with him.
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    My only objection is that we could have traded down to get an extra pick and still gotten Clayborn if that's who they were targeting. Also, PR is always harping on the premium that the Bucs put on position flexibility with the Bucs not always running the traditional 4-3 Tampa 2. Cameron Jordan could have played end or DT in the 4-3 or end when the Bucs are in a 3-4 or 3-3-5 alignment. If Clayborn is in fact limited to one side because of Erb's Palsy, that goes against everything that Raheem is trying to accomplish with creative fronts on the defensive side. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not trilled either.
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    I was disappointed with this pick, but am starting to feel better about it because Jordan and Bowers were on the board, and we chose this guy, we didn't reach for him. I trust Dominick he has picked well the last 2 years. I will go with this. Hopefully Sheard or a good OT in second round.
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    What all these hater on clayborn?? I'll be glad when shines & makes you eat your lazy turd!! LOL
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    Those who think this is a risk don't know what you're talking about. The draft reports from REAL NFL scouts that I read this year (not media "experts") were unanimous in stating that Clayborn is a top-10 talent. If you do your homework you'll discover that he was asked to attack the QB and create havoc in his junior season but as a senior was told to bulk up in order to play more of a two-gap system to hold his gap and occasionally bull rush. That's it. We all know from our experience with the Bucs early last season how crappy a two-gap system is in creating pass rush. The Iowa game against Missouri this past season is a perfect example. Clayborn was asked to play two-gap...that's the reason Gabbert was able to pass over 50 times without much pressure. Clayborn's responsibility was to maintain gap integrity over two gaps, not to fly off the edge and not to shoot a single gap. With the Bucs he will drop that extra bulk from his senior season and he will be let loose to create havoc in opposing backfields. He will be one of the best DE's in the league within three years. Mark it down.
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    Kudos FLBoyInDallas, that was the best analysis on Clayborn I've heard yet. I was really pissed and concerned with this pick, but that analysis helps my concerns.
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    I agree wit FLBoyinDallas i think we have to go with what mark Dominik drafted all of his last picks have panned out. We were all skeptical when we drafted Freeman and look how he turned out. Im gonna be rooting for clayborn this season and I hope he turns out great.
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    FlBoyinDallas, good analysis. This is not a risk pick at No. 20. If it was at No. 3 then I would have argued about it. I think Clayborn will be okay. The man has zero character issues and really no big injuries; not like Bowers.
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    The guy has said he's better off on the right side cuz of his arm, so why would we draft him for the left? Jordan would've been a much better pick for that side; and I would've actually rather they took the chance on Bowers. I don't hate this pick, but I certainly don't love it either. Let's just hope Mark knows what he's doing.
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    Sort of a "Meh" pick; he didn't impress me as much as Kerrigan but doesn't have the same bust potential as Bowers and some of the others. Good pick at a need position.
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    Well, at least it wasn't at the No. 3 spot this year.
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    now we just NEED to get greg romeus for the opposite side and well have one hell of a line with clayborn mccoy price and romeus. theyll make cam newton look like the next ryan leaf, end drew brees' career, and finally meltdown the iceman. i dont care who else we draft as long as we get romeus
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    if we get Romeus then i won't be so disappointed in Clayborn's pick. i agree with you on that, we would have a fearsome d line if they do select Romeus in the second round.
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    unbelievable- every yr we blow a 1st round pick unbelievable i'm speechless again i hope i'm dead wrong
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    Clearly superior my *censored*... I agree that Domink has earned the benefit of the doubt! I also thought that maybe Bowers or Amukamara (if available), would be the pick... but I'm now Clayborn's biggest fan and I hope that Kerrigan doesn't make an easy transtion to LB in Washington. Go BUCS!
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    I'm very disappointed with this pick. Not because I have anything against Clayborn. I just think there was way better value on the board still in Ayers, Houston, Jordan and Ingram. What a terrible waist of a first round pick. This won't help our pass rush at all. hope the next rounds are spent much better. Hope you do well Clayborn. Please prove me wrong.
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    i really hope im wrong about this guy. i'm not going to lie, i'm disappointed & i feel Cameron Jordan would've been a better pick. I feel that we would've taken Kerrigan but instead the Redskins beat us to him. Now the Saints have Cameron Jordan & we settled for AC. Like i said i hope i'm wrong about this guy, he doesn't wow me but we'll see this upcoming season.
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    Welcome to Tampa, Clayborn. Your targets... Brees, Ryan and Newton. Attack!!! GO BUCS!!
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    Gimpy arm, not a good pass rusher, the guy just doesn't strike me as the answer to any of our problems. If we were going to gamble, I would have much preferred Bowers - his upside is off the chart. I think that would have been better than a guy that seems more like a slightly better version of Greg Spires. For what it is worth, I haven't been this peeved about a Buc pick since Josh Freeman. So how great a judge I must be. (Of course, I did think Dexter Jackson was a terrible pick, so every once in awhile I guess right)
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    I will be following Cam Jordan and Da'Quan Bowers' career very closely. I put my faith in Mark Dominic!
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    I hope he's an improvement. He and the Bucs get my support either way. I was hoping Prince would slip another spot.... then I thought we'd take Da'Quan, but.... hopefully he's the MAN. I do like that he's not a "finesse" guy and plays with power.
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    Lets GO Tampa. Lets get back to the days of QB killa and Simeon RIce. Bucs 4 LIFE!!
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    Aweful... so with 2 clearly superior DE's in every aspect...we pick this lazy turd.
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    Welcome to the team clayborn. Come in here and show the naysayers. I think with you mccoy, price,ryan isnt gonna be able to get that ball to white and julio jones. I like that hes stout in the run game too. I just hope he's more explosive then what pewter report thinks he will be
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