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Buccaneers Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
2nd- Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
3rd- Mason Foster, LB, Washington
4th- Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee
5th- Ahmad Black, S, Florida
6th- Allen Bradford, RB, USC
7th- Anthony Gaitor, CB, FIU
7th- Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho

Synopsis: The Buccaneers are trying to establish a physical identity on defense and were looking to add youth to their front seven. Under general manager Mark Dominik the Buccaneers have produced seven starters in the past two drafts and have received quality depth from a handful of other players drafted the past two years. Tampa Bay is an organization and team on the rise.

Best Selection: Adrian Clayborn. Based on talent Da’Quan Bowers was an absolute steal in the second round, but Clayborn doesn’t come with serious health concerns. Clayborn can play any position on the front four and is a powerful player who can do it all; rush the passer and stop the run.

Biggest Risk: Da’Quan Bowers. It was reported that many teams had dropped Bowers completely off their board do to knee problems. Many believe he will need microfracture surgery which would take roughly a year to fully rehab. If Bowers proves to stay healthy he could become one of the top ten players at his position.

Sleeper: Ahmad Black. Black lacks speed and size, but he has great instincts and isn’t shy about contact. The Buccaneers are hoping he can develop into a Bob Sanders type safety for their secondary.

Grade: A
I thought the Buccaneers front office did a magnificent job adding players for value that could contribute immediately. Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers teamed up with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price on the defensive line will be a nightmare for offensive coordinators.


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