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What the “Experts” are Saying about the Bucs 2011 Draft

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager
“I am ready to put Mark Dominik in the NFL Hall of Fame, that is how excited I am. They started 11 rookies last year, they had the youngest team in the league, they almost went to the playoffs and this year they pick up fantastic players in [Adrian] Clayborn, [Da’Quan] Bowers, Luke Stocker, the tight end out of Tennessee, Ahmad Black and then I love Mason Foster the linebacker out of Washington. 162 tackles last season, that’s not a career that is a season. He is going to play right away. They really loaded up and Tampa Bay, this team just keeps on getting better. They are the team to watch next year in the NFC South.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter
“My day-after sense of the teams that had the top 5 drafts. 1. Buccaneers; 2. Cardinals; 3. Broncos; 4. Lions; 5. Texans.”

ESPN’s John Clayton
“You’ve got to be kidding me. Last year, the Bucs rebuilt their defensive line with the additions of defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, their top two draft choices in 2010. After getting a pass-rushing defensive end in Adrian Clayborn in the first round Thursday, the Bucs landed Da’Quan Bowers in the second round. Bowers has talent to become rookie of the year… Drafted with the 51st pick, Bowers will be eager to prove his worth. To make life even better, the Bucs added linebacker Mason Foster in the third round.”

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco
“For the Bucs, it’s their second consecutive year getting one of my top grades… For the third straight year, the Bucs hit big in the draft. General manager Mark Dominik is building something special down there. The first two picks of ends Adrian Clayborn and Bowers means Tampa Bay has used four premium picks on the line in the past two years.”’s Rob Rang
“The 2011 class proved that Mark Dominik (and his staff) is indeed one of the true rising stars in the talent evaluation business.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, who rated the Buccaneers as having the best draft in the NFC South on Da’Quan Bowers
“Da’Quan Bowers is a stud. A big-time player off of the edge. A guy that gives you everything he has, every play, every time out… The kid could have been the number 1, number 2 or number 3 overall pick.”

NFL Network’s Solomon Wilcots
“I think you got two first round picks with Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. There is no doubt about it… Mason Foster in the third round is really good, Luke Stocker at Tight End in the fourth round and Ahmad Black in the fifth round is also really good… I think they did a really good job.”

CBS Sports’ Dan Fouts
“The Buccaneers are a team that you have to keep your eye on after the 10-6 season they had last year and the development of the young quarterback, Josh Freeman, and now a dynamite pass rusher in [Da’Quan] Bowers. Defensively the Bucs are going to be very good. Offensively with LeGarrette Blount, Freeman, [Kellen] Winslow at tight end, and [Mike] Williams at receiver, they have all the pieces to really be a very competitive team.”

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