|Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa (6-3, 281);
2 - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (6-3, 280);
3 - Mason Foster, ILB, Washington (6-1, 245);
4 - Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee (6-5, 258);
5 - Ahmad Black, S, Florida (5-9, 184);
6 - Allen Bradford, RB, USC (5-11, 242);
7 - Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International (5-10, 177);
7 - Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho (6-4, 249)
Top Pick Analysis: After grabbing a defensive tackle with his first two choices of the 2010 draft, GM Mark Dominik turned his attention to the end position this time around and reeled in two players with great upside in the first two rounds. Bowers is the ultimate wild card of this draft, a pass- rushing beast and early candidate to go No. 1 overall before the revelation of a degenerative knee condition caused him to tumble down the board. Clayborn can also get to the quarterback, something the Bucs didn't do enough of last season, and is a sound run-stopper as well who should start immediately at right end. Foster was a tackling machine at Washington and gets high marks from scouts for his instincts. With Barrett Ruud to hit free agency, it's not out of the question that Foster becomes the opening week starter at middle linebacker if he's quick to pick up Raheem Morris' scheme.
Best Value Pick: Bowers may not have a 10-year career in the league because of his bum knee, but players of his caliber that aren't character risks don't typically fall to the 51st pick. If healthy, he and Clayborn could form the best tandem of young ends in the NFL.
We Question Why: With Aqib Talib plagued by legal troubles and facing a possible suspension at Ronde Barber now 36 years old, the Buccaneers didn't address their cornerback situation until the final round, though Gaitor's actually a decent prospect with some value.
Summary: Bowers may be a gamble and cornerback could have been addressed earlier on, but by adding two defensive ends with Pro Bowl potential and a possible starter at middle linebacker, this has the makings of a third straight strong draft under Dominik's direction.
FINAL GRADE: A-