Clayborn Goes 1st Round

April 28, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, going at pick #20 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Many analysts felt Clayborn might fall to Atlanta at #27 if he slipped past Tampa, but the Falcons shook things up early in the draft trading up to get the #6 pick taking WR Julio Jones.

That took one team that was serious about Clayborn off the board…but Tampa didn’t pass him up as they have had their sights set seriously on Clayborn for the past few months.

Here is what ESPN said about Clayborn:

What he brings: Clayborn is a thickly-built, powerful end with active and violent hands who does a great job keeping offensive linemen off-balance with slap and rip moves. He suffers from Erb’s palsy, which limits the range of motion in his right arm, making him a better fit on the right side where he can protect that arm. He could also do a better job playing with lower pad level against the run.

How he fits: In Tampa Bay’s Cover 2 defense, the Bucs prefer to rush four and drop seven into coverage without much blitzing and that puts a premium on the upfront pass rush. This team only produced 26 sacks last year, which was good for 30th in the league. Last year, they concentrated on DT with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price and with this pick they are focusing on the DE. This was the No. 1 need they had coming into the draft and he should line up and start as a rookie on the left side.

To read all of ESPN’s 1st round analysis, click on this link.

For the folks that have been saying Clayborn cost himself some money by coming back to Iowa for his senior year, this is the high end of the range he was projected to go last year.

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Here are some links related to Clayborn’s selection:

Clayborn Happy with Selection
Buccaneers Bolster Pass Rush
Clayborn 5th 1st Round Pick Under Ferentz

Clayborn was the lone Hawkeye selected in the 1st round, but it could be an interesting day tomorrow.

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Will Christian Ballard still go in the second round, something that seemed likely prior to this week’s revelation that he failed the NFL Combine’s drug test due to a positive marijuana test.

Will a team step up to take Ricky Stanzi in the second round? Things were looking good on that front through the first 11 or 12 picks, as Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder were all taken in the top 12. Locker went 8th to Tennessee, which was a shocker…Ponder went 12th to the Vikings, which was also a big time surprise.

The more quarterbacks that were taken in the first round, that was going to increase the chances for Stanzi to go in the 2nd round. However, the run on quarterbacks stopped right there and no more were taken in the first round.

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Still on the board at that position, along with Stanzi, are Ryan Mallet, Andy Dalton and Colin Caepernick. I think Stanzi will be picked by one of these three teams; New England, Indianapolis or Kansas City. New England has three picks in the second round (33,56,60) while Indianapolis has one (53) and the Chiefs have one (55).

If Stanzi goes in the 2nd round, I will say it will be to New England. If I had to wager on him going second or third round as of late Thursday night, I would predict the third round.

Here is a cool predraft video where Bill Parcells talks up the Hawkeyes, plus some Iowa highlights clips

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