2011 NFL Draft Round Two Results: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Da'Quan Bowers

With their first pick in the NFL Draft, the Bucs take Adrian Clayborn from Iowa. It was a bit of a surprise pick, but Clayborn has a lot of upside.

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Da'Quan Bowers Video Highlights

It's no mystery that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to improve their pass rush in the 2011 NFL Draft. Well, after the first two rounds, the Buccaneers have done just that. It began on Thursday night with the selection of Iowa's Adrian Clayborn with the No. 20 pick. The on Friday evening, the Bucs double dipped by acquiring Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers, a prospect most draft gurus had in their top five or ten at the beginning of the pre-draft process several months ago. After undergoing knee surgery last fall though, Bowers made the mistake of participating in the Combine. He struggled there, and at his Pro Day not long after. Consequently, teams got gun shy about drafting the sack machine from Clemson, and Bowers fell all the way out of the first round and into the early 50s before Tampa Bay scooped him up at No. 51.

We'll have more commentary and analysis about the pick, and the Bucs' entire 2011 NFL Draft haul throughout the weekend, but for now, take a look at some of Bowers' impressive highlights. (I suggest you mute the volume).

 

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2011 NFL Draft Round Two Results: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Da'Quan Bowers

Wow, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers finally comes off the board as the No. 51 overall pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquire yet another pass-rushing threat in Bowers, who at one point in this draft process was considered to be a slam-dunk first round prospect. Concerns about his knee injury caused Bowers to fall all the way out of the first, and more than half way through the second before finally being selected. It’s not too often that you find a player who is coming off a 15.5 sack season at a BCS school. Provided Bowers can stay on the field, this could turn out to be one of the steals of the draft.

Provided Bowers doesn’t need clean up surgery or reaggravate it somewhere down the line, Bucs fans can look forward to him and Adrian Clayborn terrorizing quarterbacks for years to come. For more reaction to the pick, be sure to head on over to Bucs Nation for more fan discussions and analysis on the Bucs’ very interesting second round selection.

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NFL Draft 2011, Second Round: Tampa Bay Bucs Draft Order

The second round of the NFL Draft is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 PM, and all eyes around SB Nation Tampa Bay headquarters are going to be turned to see who the Tampa Bay Bucs take with the second round pick. The Bucs received the 20th pick in the first round, but get the 19th pick in the second round. 

The latest mock drafts have the Bucs taking either Jah Reid or Clint Boling in the second round, but as we saw last night's pick of Adrian Clayborn, the Bucs are notorious for going against the grain and selecting players that nobody had predicted. There's really no way to tell which way they'll break in the second round.

All the Bucs draft picks are listed below, courtesy of SB Nation's blog Bucs Nation:

Round Pick Overall
1 20 20
2 19 51
3 20 84
4 19 116
5 20 151
6 22 187
7 19 222
7 35 238

Keep checking back with SB Nation Tampa Bay for the latest news and analysis surrounding the Bucs' moves in the NFL Draft.

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NFL Draft 2011: Tampa Bay Bucs Select DE Adrian Clayborn In First Round

With the #20 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected defensive end Adrian Clayborn from the Iowa Hawkeyes. Most analysts were expecting the Bucs to pick either Cam Jordan or Da’Quan Bowers with their pick, as both players were still on the board and considered top talents, but the Bucs went slightly unconventional with their pick.

Clayborn is a player that isn’t represented well by statistics: when you look at his senior year, it’s rather disappointing in many regards. As J.B. Long from the Bright House Sports Network pointed out, Clayborn had just four sacks in his senior year. He does come with some minor character and injury concerns, as he arrested for disorderly conduct during his senior year and suffered some right-arm weakness when he was younger. These concerns are relatively minor, and the Bucs must have felt they wouldn’t be an issue to select Clayborn so high.

For a full scouting report on Clayborn, check out the report over at SB Nation’s blog on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bucs Nation:

As a player, Clayborn is a power defensive end. There’s not a lot of speed and burst to his game, and he won’t be able to threaten the edge with any consistency at the NFL level. His impact likely won’t come as a right defensive end in the NFL because of his limitations as a pass rusher, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be worth a first-round pick. Clayborn can be a very solid, 3-down player at left defensive end. His strength lies in shedding blocks and making the tackle. He has tremendous lower-body strength, and he’s a good run defender. His violent use of his hands really stands out on film. He is constantly working to beat his man and get to the ball. And his power still gives him the ability to get to the quarterback, if not as consistently if he had some speed to go with it. Clayborn won’t be a superstar, but as a defensive end he may be as safe a pick as you can get at that point in the draft.

We’ll also be updating this stream with full coverage and analysis of the Bucs’ moves through the NFL Draft, so keep checking back at SB Nation Tampa Bay for more news.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Rick Gosselin Tabs Robert Quinn For The Tampa Bay Bucs

Rick Gosselin recently released his final NFL mock draft, and the results are somewhat surprising. Gosselin is widely considered one of the most accurate draft prognosticators, as he has a large amount of insider information, so it makes his few unconventional picks extra interesting. In particular, he believes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may target defensive end Robert Quinn.

While most analysts believe the Bucs will pursue a defensive end to help improve their pass rush, Quinn is an interesting selection as most drafts have him going higher in the rankings. Cameron Jones and Ryan Kerrigan are two names that have come up very often when discussing the Bucs' #20 pick, but Gosselin seems to believe both those players will be off the board before Quinn.

If Quinn were to fall to the Bucs, it would be a huge steal for them. As SB Nation's blog Bucs Nation points out:

I can't see Robert Quinn dropping this far, because he has tremendous talent as a pass rusher. But if he does fall that far, the Bucs should jump at the chance to draft him. In fact I think it's likely the Bucs trade up as soon as they see him slipping to around #15 to snap him up. There may be no better player in the entire draft than Robert Quinn for the Buccaneers, except for maybe Von Miller.     

For full scouting reports on Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jones, Robert Quinn, and other possible first round picks, check out the draft board over at Bucs Nation. Also, we'll be updating this stream with full coverage and analysis of the Bucs' moves through the NFL Draft, so keep checking back for more news.

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NFL Draft 2011: Tampa Bay Bucs Preview

The first round of the NFL Draft is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 PM in Radio City Music Hall, and the excitement is gearing up to see who the Tampa Bay Bucs take with their picks this year. Last year, the Buccaneers focused pretty strongly on defensive players, taking Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the first two rounds, and this year it sounds as though...well, they could go any which way.

Most analysts believe that the Bucs want to target a defensive end with their first round pick, getting someone that can help them with their pass rush, but the Bucs have been very hesitant to give away any inkling of their thought-process. As head coach Raheem Morris noted recently in the St. Petersburg Times, everyone wanted the Bucs to take a defensive player in 2009, but they ended up going with Josh Freeman instead. They have their own internal ideas of what players their team needs, and sometimes they don't line up with what the outside world thinks.

The Buccaneers have the 20th overall pick tonight in the first round, and defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan and Cameron Jones are two of the top players the Bucs could target with this pick. While Bucs fans seem to love Ryan Kerrigan, some analysts have been skeptical of his upside based on his mediocre athleticism. He's a safe pick, but not necessarily a sexy one.

For full scouting reports on Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jones, and other possible first round picks, check out the draft board over at Bucs Nation. Also, we'll be updating this stream with full coverage and analysis of the Bucs' moves through the NFL Draft, so keep checking back for more news.

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