High On Adrian ClaybornMay 19th, 2011
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger decided to do a sitdown (via satellite) with Bucs multimedia guru Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com for a review of all things Bucs.
Baldinger was one of the few people who predicted the Bucs would select Adrian Clayborn in the first round. He watched some of Clayborn’s games live and in person and came away impressed.
“Tampa Bay needed a defensive end. They only had 26 sacks last year. Defensive end was a glaring need.
“I saw Adrian and Iowa against Wisconsin and against Gabe Carimi, the offensive tackle who went in the first round [to Chicago]. I watched how he prepared himself in pregame warm-ups. I liked him physically. I knew he had a pretty good motor. I just thought he would be a good fit the way Tampa Bay wants to build that defensive front. I thought he would be a good fit and still think he will be a good fit.”
As Joe has stated before, all signs point to Clayborn being a helluva draft pick. He gets it. He understands it. It’s all about football, not the outside nonsense, not the Michelle Tafoya’s of the world who want to talk Clayborn’s mom knitting socks for girl scouts.
Fame, mountains of cash and doors will open for those who succeed. Clayborn knows he needs to succeed first on the field first, and the rest will take care of itself.