2011 NFL Draft Picks: The Tampa Bay Bucs

The NFL Draft is over, but how did the Tampa Bay Bucs do with their picks? According to most mainstream analysts, pretty darn good: Kiper gave them a B+, CBS gave them an A, and Rob Rang gave them an A-. Overall, it was a pretty solid showing for the Bucs, although the real strength of their draft came within the first three rounds.

Our friends over at Bucs Nation have put together a great summary of the Bucs' draft picks, including some of their own analysis. Enjoy their handiwork:

Round Pick Overall Player Grade and analysis
1 20 20 DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa Grade: B+. A physical, violent defensive end he adds some attitude to the Bucs defense, but pass rush is questionable.
2 19 51 DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson Grade: A. Bowers dropped because of injury concerns, but the Bucs should still get at least 5 years of top-5 play out of him
3 20 84 LB Mason Foster, Washington Grade: A. Foster is a powerful, downhill linebacker who can play all 3 positions
4 7 104 TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee Grade: C. Stocker will add versatility to the Bucs offense, but they gave up two fourth-rounders to draft him.
5 20 151 S Ahmad Black, Florida Grade: C. Black is small and slow but a natural football player who could develop into a good slot defender. I think he was selected too high.
6 22 187 RB Allen Bradford, USC Grade: D. Bradford is a huge, hard runner who will do good work in short-yardage situations, but I don't see what else he brings to the offense.
7 19 222 CB Anthony Gaitor, Florida International Grade: B A small, feisty cornerback who could come in and play as a dime back. Won't play outside, but could be good as a slot defender
7 35 238 TE Greg Hardy, Idaho Grade: D. A receiving tight end who will be a backup third-down TE at best.

For more news and analysis on the Buc, check out Bucs Nation.

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