Clayborn: I’ll “Kick Offensive Linemen’s Asses”

April 28th, 2011

Adrian Clayborn passed his first Buccaneer interview with flying colors.

The newest Buccaneer was intense and fired up on the phone tonight with draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski on WDAE-AM 620.

“I wanted to be a Buc from the start. That two-hour wait was worth it,” Clayborn said. “I just got off the phone with [Gerald] McCoy a minute ago. I’m ready.”

Clayborn said coming to One Buc Palace before the draft “was my best visit.”

He went on to say he “can’t wait to get into the playbook” and that Bucs fans will see a defensive end who gets after the quarterback and “kick offensive lineman’s asses” in the running game.

And Joe’s favorite quote, “If you’re not playing violent on the defensive line, there’s something wrong with you. Go somewhere else,” Clayborn said.

No wonder Raheem fell in love with this guy. Joe can’t wait for training camp. Oh, the agony of watiing.

69 Responses to “Clayborn: I’ll “Kick Offensive Linemen’s Asses””

  1. Funky Munkey Says:

    Well you have to love his attitude. Lets hope he can back it up. *cough cough* Rex Ryan!

  2. Jerry Says:

    This will likely be Dominik’s first bust. Clayborn has red flags all over the place.

    There were plenty of other solid options on the board.

  3. Patrick Says:

    Could Da’Quan Bowers somehow fall to us?

  4. Gary Says:

    So falcons mortgage their next draft for Julio and saints make a wise trade for ingram. We have to deal with newton Jordan ingram and jones. Our d better get good quick.

  5. F*** You & F*** her too! Says:

    He plays with an attitude and is a violent on the field. at #20 what else you want another soft Adams?

  6. Gavster Says:

    Why are people complaining about this pick. It was our need who else should we have gotten??

  7. Gary Says:

    I can’t believe Adrian was unanimous as dom said. No one thought Jordan was better with no flags? Seems off. I say trade with packers and get bowers.

  8. Patrick Says:

    I think it’s between Bowers or Bailey

  9. gitarlvr Says:

    HEY JOE!!!– What did I say when I called you ignorant!!!(Sorry again for that)

    I said if you really want the Bucs run defense to improve then hope for Adrian Clayborn to be the first round defensive end. HE WILL MASH OPPOSING RUNNING BACKS!!! His sacks went way down from 09 to 2010 but he IS AT THE VERY LEAST A RUN DESTROYER OF A DEFENSIVE END!!!

  10. Micronole Says:

    Maybe Jordan was overrated. Most of the 3-4 teams passed on him.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “This will likely be Dominik’s first bust. Clayborn has red flags all over the place.

    There were plenty of other solid options on the board.”


    Really? I forgot, when exactly were you a GM? How much tape have you watched of Clayborn (and YouTube doesn’t count)? It’s amazing you say he will probably be a bust before he has even stepped foot in One Buc. Why didn’t you use your expert football talent evaluation skills to call up Dominik and let him know this will be a bust? It’s great to be a fan, but don’t forget, you are just that. You have absolutely no clue about what you are talking about. You are qualified in absolutely no way to evaluate talent. Unless you’ve spent hour after hour scouting all the players, you are quite simply talking out of your arse. You really need to check yourself and see how foolish you are being.

  12. Jared Says:

    +1 Hawaiian Buc. Right on.

  13. gitarlvr Says:

    Gary- your worried about the DUMBASS Falcons mortaging their future on Julio jones? THEY GAVE UP THE BOOTY FOR JONES I have never seen a team give up so much for what???? A wide reciever ????. IDIOTS!!!!

  14. Gavster Says:

    I made sure not to get too into this draft like i had in the past. and im glad i didnt. i dont know much about cameron jordan but mark ingram to the saints scares me a little bit. but We’ll see drafts are defined with the later rounds.

  15. gitarlvr Says:

    Hey Hawaiian- If he even just watched the youtube on Clayborn he would see a defensive end with SCARY ability against the run AND the pass. He had a down year SACKS wise in 2010 but sacks don’t always tell the whole story. Sometimes elite players have down years in sacks. The fact is that Clayborns 09 tape is more impressive than ANY defensive end in this years draft barring maybe Daquan Bowers 2010 tape. OBVIOUSLY the Bucs did their homework on the two guys regarding their medical issues and felt that Clayborn was a safe pick or else they would have taken Cameron Jordan who had no medical issues.

  16. Gary Says:

    Gitar I agree with u falcons gave up too much, way too much. But the saints were the big winners of the first round.

  17. gotbbucs Says:

    I’ll second what Hawaiian and gitarlvr said.

  18. Jerry Says:


    Draft a guy in the first round that has movement problems in his right arm, whose stats dropped off dramatically his senior year, AND funny enough punched a cab driver.

    Yeah that’s a real smart, safe, and solid pick right there. You will never convince me the Bucs draft room was unanimous on this pick. This was a reach.

  19. Patrick Says:

    We’re going to be facing Ingram twice a year now and Clayborn is supposed to be great against the run. But I’m just not sure about this pick. Hope it works out.

  20. Gary Says:

    Guys give it a rest with that cabbie punch. He is not aqib. He was justified in doing what he did. I have no concerns about his character. Making it to the highest levels of pro sports with a physical issue says all u need to know about his heart and toughness. But I am worried about his medical.

  21. gotbbucs Says:

    Why is everybody so concerned about the medical on Clayborn? He’s played with it his whole life and it hasn’t affected him one bit. It’s not like he has a reconstructed knee or hamstring issues or something like that.
    Lots of people grasping at straws here for reasons to piss on this pick. It’s really pretty sickening.

  22. New Era Bucs Says:

    Ummmmm…yeah well said Hawaiian. Let’s let the young man step on the field first before we start labeling this guy. I remember hearing a whole lot of crying by a lot of fan’s when Mr. Freeman was drafted. Let the professionals due there jobs.

  23. Hunter Says:

    Since the Falcons went with Julio Jones, this could prompt the Bucs to take a cornerback or even a wide receiver earlier…

  24. NJBucFan Says:

    Great pick!!!!

  25. Bucc Fan In Hawkeye Country Says:

    I bet you cant guess how I feel about the pick?!?!?!

  26. gotbbucs Says:

    Jerry, quick question for you. Have you personally seen a lack of movement in Clayborn’s right arm or are you just spitting up some crap that you heard some talking head say on TV?

    Don’t bother answering because I already know the answer.

  27. Bucc Fan In Hawkeye Country Says:

    is it too early to get a Clayborn jersey?

  28. nick Says:

    I think d quan might fall to us

  29. k1ngAdroc Says:

    Solid pick, DOM knew what he was doing given the other options on the board. Clayborn is stout against the run and gets after the QB …. Buc’s need another DE, CB, speed RB (that isn’t scared to get hit like DJ) and other position depth


  30. nick Says:


  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Yeah that’s a real smart, safe, and solid pick right there. You will never convince me the Bucs draft room was unanimous on this pick. This was a reach.”


    Oh no, how am I going to sleep at night knowing that Jerry, the wanna-be NFL scout, can’t be convinced he was a unanimous pick? If there was only something I could do to change your mind!!!

    Again, exactly how many games have you seen of him? If the over/under was one game, I would take the under. Therefore, that makes you ignorant by definition. It’s nice that you read up about his arm and lower production, but I’m guessing, no I’m knowing, that you haven’t done any real homework on this guy. How do his movement problems limit him on the field? Please explain without using Google. Let’s see, who’s opinion should I trust: 1. The GM with 2 great drafts under his belt, and the one who actually gets paid to do it. OR 2. Jerry the Buc Fan. Hmmmm, tough choice. I think I’ll go with #1.

  32. WeNeedDefense Says:

    Falcons get Julio Jones… WOW!
    Saints get a DE and Ingram… DAMN!
    Carolina gets Cam Newton… will be fun to watch twice a year.
    Bucs got Clayborn… hope he makes McCoy better.

    Round 1 scores”
    Saints get an A+
    Falcons a B+
    Carolina a B
    Bucs a C-

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m shocked, WeNeedDefense is not happy with our draft pick? Who would have ever thought? If Jesus was on the draft board and we picked him, you would have argued that he doesn’t have enough of a mean streak and we should have picked someone else.

  34. Dave Says:

    I like the pick. I was hoping Kerrigan would last a little longer but Clayborne was on the Bucs radar from day one. Another guy they did their homework on.
    He is relentless, has great work ethic and was considered the emotional leader of the defense… I like that part alot!
    He is real good against the run and showed he can be real good against the pass.

    Prediction for Friday night a LB and DE Greg Romeus

  35. WeNeedDefense Says:

    I would rather the Bucs take 2 LBs tomorrow night.

  36. sunrisejeff Says:

    Love the pick personally and can’t wait to see this kid grow into his role this season.

  37. Wienaman Says:

    I would not try to excuse him; however, having said that, one of the top coaches in college football (Ferentz) DID excuse him for it, saying “When this all happened, I researched it, not just with Adrian but with several sources, and I was very comfortable with what I learned. It was never an issue with me. I was very confident it was going to get resolved. . . . I think the biggest mistake he made that day was getting out of the car. If he stayed in the car, nothing would’ve happened.”

    I live in Iowa myself, and I completely agree with the kid; I would be shocked as s*** if I heard someone call someone else a N***** here.

  38. WeNeedDefense Says:

    Cool he has a mean streak though. Something needed down in the trenches… unlike that fairy Stylez!

  39. gotbbucs Says:

    I think DB’s will be the hot position tomorrow night.

    For some reason I have this hunch that they’re going to go after Ryan Williams in the 2nd.

  40. Jampersands Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc I don’t think Jesus has the skill set to play end in a 4-3. I always though of him as more of a 3-4 tweener, anyway.

  41. HIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    I’m not thrilled with the pick, but Dominik has earned the benefit of the doubt. If the kid can dominate like he did in 09, we’ll be good with GK, Price and Clayborn.

    Cameron Jordan isn’t known as an elite pass rusher.

  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:



  43. BamBamBuc Says:

    When the pick was announced, I instantly HATED the pick. What a HUGE reach at 20. With Jordan and Bowers still on the board. What were they thinking….

    Then I had time to think about it. I’m ok with the pick now. Clayborn is at least balanced. He can play the run AND the pass. For a team that was absolutely HORRIBLE last year against the run, that’s a big deal to me. Then I started thinking about how he’s basically a RDE only. Well, I think that we may already have a couple guys that can play LDE. Magee and Bennett aren’t bad at LDE, not great either, but I think we can work with them….

    And that means we can concentrate on positions other than DE for the remainder of the draft. Why take two, when one handles the biggest need and the guys we have might be decent on the other side. I think Magee is pretty decent against the run as well.

    Now we can look at LBs or DBs or OL or TE.

  44. Steve From Oregon Says:

    Interesting to see how many people are dissapointed with this pick.

    Rah and Dom had their choice of DE and they chose Clayborne, I have to think that they know what they’re doing and they see something in him that they didnt see in Jordan or Bowers.

    I’ll be very interested to see if they stay put tomorrow or make a move to get another DE or LB…Ayers would be a nice pick….fingers crossed.

  45. Mr Hands Says:

    Sacking the QB was ALWAYS priority number 2 for anyone with a brain.

    Priority number one is ALWAYS to stop the run.

    Clayborn is a beast against the run, a leader and a guy with great hustle.

    It don’t take a genius to work out why he was chosen.

  46. WeNeedDefense Says:

    So what does everyone think about the Saints getting Jordan AND Ingram in round one? Sick.

    Almost as sick as the Lions teaming Fairly with Suh.

  47. gotbbucs Says:

    “Falcons get Julio Jones… WOW!
    Saints get a DE and Ingram… DAMN!
    Carolina gets Cam Newton… will be fun to watch twice a year.
    Bucs got Clayborn… hope he makes McCoy better.

    Round 1 scores”
    Saints get an A+
    Falcons a B+
    Carolina a B
    Bucs a C-”

    WeNeedDefense, how in the name of all that is holy could you possibly think that was a good move by the Falcons? That was quite possibly one of the most assinine moves I have ever seen. They essentially gave up any chance of getting an impact player through the draft for the remainder of this year and next, AND HE’S NOT EVEN THE BEST WR IN THIS DRAFT!!!

    That move might have even been worse than the Saints giving up their entire draft for Ricky Williams. At least Ricky was the best player at his position.

    And to top it all off, the Saints get an A+ on your jacked up grading scale for picking a Left DE and a RB in the 1st round….DAMN!

  48. Jampersand Says:

    @weNeedDefense Agreed. Clayborn and Jordan will be very easy to compare in these next few years. We’ll see if Dom was right.

    Fairley + Suh plus Corey Williams and the others already on that line…scary. Insure hope we hold on to Davin Joseph, I think Zuttah would curl into a fetal position with those two staring him down.

  49. Jampersand Says:

    I think the Clayborn pick was about pass rush skill. While I liked Jordan and thought he was athletic for his size, in the end he wasn’t as fast or quick as Clayborn. Jordan will be solid, but he may never be a sack artist. Clayborn at least has a chance.

    And his dreads are sweet.

  50. HIRE GREG OLSON! Says:


    I totally agree. My first instinct was “Oh, no! Not Clayborn!” But then I remembered I said the same thing about Freeman. If Clayborn is 3/4 of what they thought Freeman was, then we’ll be in great shape.

    I do wonder, if Amukamara was there, would we have taken him? That was a huge fall for that guy.

    But who knows, we’re all amateurs GMs….

  51. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    WeNeedDefense thinks its a good pick because he knows Atlanta got a top 10 pick. Never mind the fact that they traded their entire draft to get him, and WR is not even a big need for them. They made an ESPN pick – very popular, but a big waste of time.

  52. adam from ny Says:

    i guess the bucs were set to grab kerrigan…lost on that one,-+ and reached for clayborn…..i really don’t know what to say except we should have just jumped up a few to grab kerrigan….now i would trade up and make a good early 2nd round move…like add the risky bowers….clayborn and bowers would be quite intriging….adam from ny

  53. adam from ny Says:

    to put it simply, the draft is a game of russian roulette

    adam from ny

  54. BamBamBuc Says:

    I don’t think we need to look at DE the remainder of the draft. Most of the pass rush DEs are RDE guys and we already have that. LDE should be more run support with some rush skills and we already have guys like that.

    I also find it interesting that the Bucs are the ONLY team in the NFC South to still have a 2nd round pick. The Falcons traded theirs away (and most of next years draft too) for a WR in rnd 1. The Saints traded away theirs (and next years #1) for a RB. And the Panthers traded theirs last year to the Patriots.

    I think our 2nd round pick could be very big in the direction things go in the NFC South this year. One player can make a difference and if we get a playmaker (at any position of need) in round 2 tomorrow, I think we make a huge stride forward against the Falcons and step further ahead of the Panthers. Probably also ahead of the Saints, even though they had 2 first round picks and no 2nd round, one of theirs was a RB in the first and the other was basically a LDE.

  55. Fear The Glow Says:

    “If you’re not playing violent on the defensive line, there’s something wrong with you. Go somewhere else.”

    “kick offensive lineman’s asses”

    Tell me who that sounds like?

    The last d-lineman we had with an attitude like that worked out pretty damn well. (#99)

    Clayborn wasn’t who I would have chosen but Dominik and his scouting team have earned a bit of trust in my opinion. If they chose this guy over who was available then I trust it was for a reason.

  56. OB Says:

    Most of the posts sound like what people said the night of the Josh Freeman pick. He was a bad pick also to most of them.

    Again it is a team and when you put Clayborn next to McCoy and you have to double team both of them, who are you not blocking? Should be interesting to see. Can’t wait

  57. espo Says:

    I love this pick for the simple fact that he is ours now. I’ve supported my team through a lot of dumb moves but truly believe we just made a smart one.

    Weneeddefence, why would you grade our 1st round below the rest of the division? The Panthers drafted a bust. Yes, a bust. They’ve invested too much in drafting qbs that the rest of their team is hurting. The Saints drafted another runningback that could be replaced by an undrafted free agent very easily in this day and age. I like their pick at end but its not like he’s an Adrian Clayborn. The falcons got a big playmaker and a real pain in the butt, but the rest of the team is going into a decline with all these picks they gave up.

  58. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Apparently, this is the way it’s going to be every year at the draft. Fans who think they are capable GM’s are going to b!tch and complain about every single pick, as if they have any clue how to evaluate talent (besides the ever-so-popular YouTube scouting tape). How many drafts is it going to take for you to realize that when it comes to talent evaluation and drafting players: Mark Dominik > you ? Just because you built a dynasty on Madden doesn’t mean you have any clue what the hell you are talking about.

    I’m not saying you have to like the pick, but really, what are you going to do about it? Complain all season? Hope he fails so you can say “I told you so”? What’s the purpose? Here’s a novel concept: How about support him? This guy is coming to Tampa, like it or not. He wasn’t my first pick, but unlike many, I acknowledge that this team would be doomed if I was the GM.

  59. espo Says:

    If I were GM my team would be exactly like my Madden dynasty

  60. Brandon Kool Says:

    I’m sure they wanted the Neb CB as well, but living in Iowa last year and in Florida now I can ensure you we have a run stopper. Most importantly, this guy made the DTs on the Hawkeyes alot better. Gerald and Price have to be happy with this one.

  61. Brandon Kool Says:

    Now how soon will they give him a jersey number. I want to buy it NOW!!

  62. McBuc Says:

    I love this pick. I am not sure why some of you do not, but to each their own. I remember most of you guys saying Freeman was a reach as well, and look how that is turning out. If you watched any Iowa ball, you should be fired up for this kid.

  63. Bucnjim Says:

    Attitude & Leadership!! what’s not to like about this kid? Give me three or four more players just like him.

  64. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Dominick and Morris have done so good previously that I told myself that no matter who they picked, I would support it. And I am.

    Adrian Clayborn was under my radar, and I wanted Kerigan, but that was no longer an option. And when were were a pick away I thought, “Wow! We could end up with Prince!”

    And of vourse he went instantly just before us.

    One thing…I like Clayborn’s attitude. It reminds me of Sapp in some ways.

    Trust in the Dom….trust in the Dom….

    I suspect Adrian Clayborn will be great on this team. As to his health issues, they are nothing. He still performs at a very high level. They are not career threatening.

    Whereas Bowers knee’s are.

  65. Miguel Grande Says:

    I liked the pace of the draft, it really moved along quickly. thought Gruden did a good job, although I believe he did not mention Raheem of Dominik by name.

    I’m sure their pick makes a lot of sense for them, but I’m curious if they were tempted to move up a couple of spots to get Kerrigan or the Prince.

  66. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I liked Gruden as well. I liked how he showed a list of the adjustments each players would individually have to make. Usually, we see a list of 3-4 things…his were about 12-1 🙂

  67. OAR Says:

    Not a huge college football fan(except for the Florida teams), so I’m not sure if we, New Orleans, Carolina, or Atlanta made any smart picks. We will have to wait and see? I do know, it was a position of need for us and hope does kick some a$$!

    “But who knows, we’re all amateurs GMs….” Amen, brother!

    Aloha! Ditto, to that last post!

  68. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think Atlanta blundered big time. The Saints not so much, but the Bucs can handle the Saints with Ingram. It is a curse to be a Saints RB. they all go down every year with knee injuries. Ingram is next in line.

    Now I would really like to see Dom trade up right now at 33 with the Pats and draft DaQuan Bowers. I think he is worth the risk and the price may not be too high right now.

    I am real high on Clayborn. Dom has a way of finding the right players and this guy appears to be relentless.

  69. Ibleedpewter Says:

    I agree with what Pete said. It really didn’t matter who the pick was this year. Dom and company have had 2 very good drafts, and I was very comfortable going into this years draft that the pick would be a good one that they did much research on.

    And if you listened to Dom’s press conference you will hear that they have been doing research on this kid since last years draft when they though he might be entering for his Junior season. When he decided to stay for his Senior year, Dom and company watched his whole season to see how he progressed.

    Football season can’t come soon enough, and I cannot wait to see Price fully healthy.