Derrick Brooks Gives Thumbs-Up On Clayborn

April 29th, 2011

The Adrian Clayborn pick by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik seems to have split the Bucs fanbase.

Many, largely consisting of those who don’t watch college football outside of the SEC, railed in outrage that Dominik would stoop so low as to pick a Big Ten player, as if Clayborn played in a JUCO league.

Others, who are open-minded and watch football from all corners and who have watched Clayborn play, nodded in approval of Dominik’s choice.

And who better to know an NFL prospect than former Bucs great Derrick Brooks?

Brooks, the greatest Bucs linebacker that ever played and now a pinball football executive, co-hosted “The Opening Drive” this morning with Bob Papa heard exclusively on Sirius NFL Radio. Brooks gave Dominik a golf clap for picking up Clayborn.

Bob Papa: I really thought the Da’Quan Bowers freefall would stop at the Bucs. I thought the Bucs would put the stop sign on and snag him. But they got quite a prospect in Adrian Clayborn.

Derrick Brooks: He’s a tough, hard-nosed kid that will go hard. I knew they liked him and they liked his toughness. The thing I liked about him is he has fluid hips which gives him the ability to make a change of direction from the right end. He’s physical at the point of attack. He will provide pressure fom the defensive front. When we got better, we did it on defense from front to back, started with Warren and myself.I see the Bucs adding that piece. I like the pick. I like the fact they went with Adrian Clayborn.

There you have it. It’s one thing to mock Dominik. It’s one think to mock Clayborn. It’s one thing to mock those who don’t play in a conference entirely located in the old confederacy.

It’s quite a different thing to mock Mr. Derrick Brooks.

12 Responses to “Derrick Brooks Gives Thumbs-Up On Clayborn”

  1. RIBucBall Says:

    Bowers falling all the way out of the first meant that medically it was too big of a risk, the only other DE option was Jordan who only had 5 more tackles and 2 more sacks (say what you want but he didn’t see nearly the double teams Clayborn did) They went with their guy, and if he can be anything like he was in 09, he will be a force…even if we see the guy from 2010 he is still a disruptive guy who is a big upgrade over Teen Wolf and a bunch of throw aways.

  2. Amar Says:


    Out of curiosity, what made you post that specific picture of Mr. Derrick Brooks?

  3. jvato24 Says:

    It was either Clayborn or Cam Jordan .. Clayborn seems to have some Fire and some Nasty in him so I will wait to see him play to make a judgement ..

    .. Th But we here the Ravens and Jets mentioned often as teams the Bucs copy or want to be like .. This pick is a step in that direction ..

    He looks like a Steve White type of DE .. Tough with skills

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  5. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    If they are bitching abou a big ten pick, what about Josh Freeman coming from an even lesser conference ?
    There is still a lot of talent left for Tampa to pick in the later rounds.
    Besides, the Big Ten produces a lot of NFL Players.

  6. Dave Says:


    Hate to break it to you, but this past decade, the Big 12 is superior to the Big Ten. Hell, it probably rivals the SEC, although no one around wants to admit it.

    I am curious as to the reaction of several people here who:
    1. Love Ruud and defend it by saying Brooks said he is good
    2. They did not like the Clayborne pick
    3. But now Brooks says that is good.

    Anyway, like with Freeman and McCoy, give them time and be patient and see what they actuall do before hating on them

  7. Joe Says:


    Please email Joe links of interest. Thanks for watching Joe’s back man. 🙂 Video later this afternoon.

  8. Joe Says:


    You might have a point if you say “equal.” Superior? No way.

    The Big XII was way top-heavy. Oklahoma and Texas absolutely solid, strong teams. Nebraska pretty good. Then it drops off big time.

    The Big Ten has a lot of OK teams. Ohio State is on Oklahoma and Texas’ level. Then you have a bunch of OK to good teams, on Nebraska’s level.

    Sad state of affairs that Purdue has been on the same low rung as Indiana for some time now.

    Joe just thought of this: Joe never heard anyone whine about Ryan Kerrigan playing in the Big Ten but all of a sudden it was an issue with Adrian Clayborn? Why exactly?

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    because they’re morons joe.

  10. derek Says:

    im not really worried about this pick or any others we will make I trust dom and rahs judgement reguardless if I know much about the player or not

  11. McBuc Says:

    The Big Ten is good ole smash mouth football. Plenty of BA NFL players played in the Big Ten.

  12. JoJo Says:

    Bill Polian loves drafting players from the Big 10, seems to have worked out ok for every team he has ever been with. The ACC is below the Big 10, 12, and SEC yet they have the second most players in the NFL (next to SEC). If you have talent it dosnt matter what conference you’re in.