Adrian Clayborn Is NFL Ready

May 2nd, 2011

Another positive element of the Bucs drafting Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn is that, per widely excepted perception, Iowa is a well-coached team.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz comes from the Bill Belicheat family coaching tree, having coached with Belicheat when Belicheat coached the Cleveland Browns. This, per Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register, Clayborn’s coaching at Iowa helped Clayborn overcome a substandard senior season to become a first round pick.

Clayborn was the fifth first-round selection from Iowa since Ferentz became the coach in 1999, and the second in as many years. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga was the 23rd player selected last season, by the Green Bay Packers.

“I’ve had general managers tell me in the past that when you draft an Iowa player, it’s like getting a second-year pro,” said former Iowa player Matt Bowen, a writer for the National Football Post. “You’re getting players who have already played in pro offensive and defensive schemes when you draft Iowa guys.”

Well, certainly this is a plus for Joe. The thing that will be very interesting to Joe is how the two new defensive line coaches the Bucs hired coach up these young guys, including Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.

Joe just has a hunch that Clayborn had better coaching at Iowa than Todd Wash provided to the Bucs the past two seasons.

3 Responses to “Adrian Clayborn Is NFL Ready”

  1. Gary Says:

    I would love to see an interview with our new D line coaches and hear what they have to say about our new picks and especially how they think they can improve the play of guys on the roster last year.

  2. gotbbucs Says:

    im from iowa so i can tell you first hand how vanilla iowa’s schemes are. unlike alot of players who’s coaches build schemes around their pass rushers, what clayborn got for production was almost entirely against gaurds and tackles and not against te’s.

  3. Chris FWC :) Says:

    That Pro-style is working out real great from them in COLLEGE football. How many National Titles do they have?

    That said, they do produce quality Pro players.