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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Adrian Clayborn

With the 20th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2011 NFL Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Lions_sucker is serving as the Buccaneers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.

Picking a defensive end at No. 20 was no-brainer. I just had to hope one of the numerous talents at the position slipped to me at this spot. The tough choice was choosing between Adrian Clayborn and Ryan Kerrigan out of Purdue. I had to go with Clayborn, because he brings more versatility to the position, as he can play either the right or left side. The Bucs not only struggled with getting to the QB last year, notching only 26 total sacks all season, but they were No. 28 overall in defending the run. With Stylez G. White being the Bucs' only threat on the edge (and that's not saying much), it is definitely time to address the position.

A player like Adrian Clayborn can be the answer to the Bucs' woes in both categories, whereas I see Kerrigan being more of a pass-rusher and not as solid against the run. The Bucs have solidified their interior line in the past two drafts, acquiring Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Roy Miller at the DT spot. Adding a player like Clayborn could solidify the Bucs' front four on defense and give them the one or two more wins needed last season to make it to the playoffs.


Check out the 2011 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.

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