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June 1, 2011 @ 9:05 am
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NFL Mocks Grades The Bucs Draft

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NFLMocks.com graded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2011 draft class and came away handing out high marks. The picks of defensive end Adrian Clayborn (first round), defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (second round), linebacker Mason Foster (third round), safety Ahmad Black (fifth round), and running back Allen Bradford (sixth round) were all given an A grade. Fourth-round pick, tight end Luke Stocker, was given a B+.

7. Seventh Round, 222nd overall: Anthony Gaitor, DB, Florida International

Slightly undersized player at the cornerback position, but definitely has a ton of speed and could really help the Bucs on special teams initially. First team All-Sun Belt conference selection and one of only three FIU players to be drafted to the NFL, and had 11 career interceptions (three for touchdowns) to go along with four career sacks and 195 tackles over his four years.

Pick Grade: B

8. Seventh Round, 238th overall: Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho

Basically, Hardy is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body, and I think that’s what he will be at the NFL level. Had an extremely productive last couple of seasons at Idaho, where he finished his career with 80 catches for 1,364 yards and six  touchdowns. Big body with a wide catching radius, the Bucs will likely use Hardy in the h-back role, similar to what Dallas Clark and Chris Cooley do for the Colts and Redskins respectively. He has some athletic ability and is very raw, but he could make the team and contribute as a receiver down the line.

Pick Grade: C+

Overall Draft Grade: A

I really like what the Bucs did on draft day, fortifying their young defensive line and getting a ton of talented, young players who can contribute for them right away. This was a very solid draft, and this team is definitely in it to win it in the NFC South.

Additional Info

    NFLMocks.com - Sayre Bedinger
    PewterReport.com's Take: It is always impossible to judge a draft class immediately after the draft, but Tampa Bay definitely landed some of the top players in college football from the past few years. Clayborn and Bowers each had big-time seasons rushing the quarterback over the past two years. Foster was one of the most productive linebackers in the nation, while Black was a consistent source of big plays for Florida. It remains to be seen how the draft class pans out over the years to come, but on paper it looks like a quality draft class for Tampa Bay.
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    Just need the CBA signed. Let's get on with the season!
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    Just kidding, its an old John Mckay quote!
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    One last thing, as far as Gaitor... I have seen him play a couple times (by accident). He stood out on the field. He was a playmaker who seemed to cover very well. Could end up as the 4th (or 5th depending on Talib) CB over Mack
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    That said, they did land guys that can step in and play right away, that much we know. Clayborne, Bowers, Foster, Stocker, Black.... I think all are guys that can be starters or in the rotation (Stocker & Black) before the end of the season............. assuming we have one
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    Agree. This looks like a great draft but we will not truly know about this one and last year for a couple years.
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    Pinkstob: I think Dominik is heeding the input from Hickey and the other scouts instead of thinking he knows better than they do. GM's that draft by their own whim rather than the facts collected are doomed to fail in the long run.
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    Freakin' owners are killing me! Let's play some football already.
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    Good job to all those involved with the draft. Since Hickey is still in charge of college scouting I wonder what the difference really is. I wonder if Dominik and Morris are that much better than Allen and Gruden and they are weeding out some of Hickey's recommendations for players. Another possibility is Hickey is getting more say than he did under Allen and Gruden and he's been good at what he does all along. I think its more of the former than the latter. I also think Dominik makes Hickey and the scouts do much more homework geared towards late round picks than Allen and Gruden made them do.
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    The difference is direction from the management above. HIckey might have been good all along but Gruden strikes me as a guy who was too controlling and, as we all have seen, he has not a clue on young talent. He falls in love with the physical speciman instead of whether or not the guy is a football player. He struck me as the guy we all despise: puts too much stock into the combine and not enough into game tape, the exact opposite of Dominick and Morris. As for Allen, I think he was more of a figure head that dealt with the numbers.
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    great great draft....Dominiks a genius.
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    On paper this is a great draft, but on paper Ryan Leaf was a great QB. I like the players Tampa drafted and hope that the players we drafted make this team better then it was last year. And unless the season starts soon they may have the time ripped from them. During the 2009 season, I was worried this was going to bed the 90's all over again, but Mark and Rah seemed to have a plan and its working. The best player was Freeman. I didn't like the pick at first but I've learned to love it! Go Bucs and go 2011 draft class. GO BUCS
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    On paper its an A
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