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2011 NFL Draft Recap: Taking Two Defensive Ends Could Pay Off For Bucs

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The Bucs made two gambles with their second round pick in the NFL Draft. They took a player in Da'Quan Bowers wo plays the same position as their first round pick Adrian Clayborn, who also happens to have a knee injury that nobody seems to be confident in it's severity. But if that gamble pays off, the Bucs could have four defensive lineman starters acquired over the past two drafts, and one of the youngest good units in the league, according to Jim Corbett of USA Today.

"If he does play as long I think, even if its just quote unquote for his first contract, Da'Quan will cause a lot of sleepless nights hopefully for (NFC South foes) Sean Payton, Drew Brees; Mike Smith, Matt Ryan and Ron Rivera and Cam Newton. And if it doesn't, I can sleep at night because I felt it was the right choice for us."

Bowers and Clayborn could become bookends along the defensive line, and turn what was a position of weakness into a position of strength very quickly. All of that is, of course, if Bowers' knee stays healthy. And that could be a pretty big "if."

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