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Bucs Grab Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn with the 20th Pick

The Bucs took a guy who was the team captain at Iowa, and they hope that Adrian Clayborn can be the guy that helps their defense reach the next level in 2011 and beyond.

Here’s our Scouting Report on Clayborn:

Strengths: Has good measurables for the position. A very good combination of power and athleticism; flashing the suddenness off the snap to get around the edge. Shows the functional strength to contain the edge in run support or create traffic in one-on-one matchups.

Can stack and shed on the ball carrier. Impressive foot quickness in the short areas and has good speed for a big man to chase down the line of scrimmage and pursue to the opposite side. Gives good effort and plays to the whistle. Clayborn has very good awareness and is controlled and focused on snaps; showing that he could quickly drop into coverage as he noticed a play developing towards him, disrupting the play.

Aggressive and will continue to work to make a play even if walled off on initial release. Footwork allows him to be effective on stunt moves inside. Shows a strong rip and arm & under move in pass rush. Good overall technique with hand-fighting and punch in his pass rush. Flattens down tightly to close on the quarterback once he wins leverage on the offensive tackle. Wrap-up tackler with strength to bring down big running backs by himself. Quick inside spin move.

Needs Improvement: Negates his impressive power with high technique; needs to improve his bend and pad level to be consistent in pass rush and run support containment. Tight hipped and doesn’t always flip quickly enough to make a play against the run away from him.

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Matt’s Take: The nerve damage in his shoulder is the big question, but with Clayborn he’s a guy that many felt was a top 10 pick after his junior year. He’s going to help the Bucs D line, and Raheem Morris has to be thrilled to be able to grab Clayborn, who will help this young team continue to get better in 2011 and beyond.

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