Rising Star: Adrian ClaybornJuly 13th, 2012
Yes, last year the Bucs were dismal, awful, putrid, embarrassing. The grotesque 10-game losing streak said it all.
But amid the morass, there was a glimmer of hope. That, for Joe, was the play of rookie Adrian Clayborn. The beast from Iowa didn’t take long to make opponents feel his presence, just ask Matty Ice.
Once upon a time, the NFC South was loaded with defensive stars, many wearing the Bucs’ pewter and red. So ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas decided to put fingers to a keyboard and type out what he believes could be the next defensive stars of the division, and Clayborn made his list.
Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Buccaneers. In a rookie year in which everything around him went wrong, Clayborn put together a nice season in 2011. He had 7.5 sacks and forced three fumbles. If he was able to do that amid chaos, he should be able to do much more in Schiano’s new world. Of course, it would help if Gerald McCoy and Brian Price could stay healthy and provide some help at defensive tackle.
Joe totally is in the same mindset as Yasinskas regarding Clayborn, who should be a terror for Bucs foes for years to come.
Now Yasinskas also cited Bucs safety Mark Barron as a future star. But before Joe anoints Barron a stud, he must do two things: play a snap in the NFL and, more importantly, sign a frigging contract.