High On Adrian Clayborn

May 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.

11 Responses to “High On Adrian Clayborn”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Another person Predicting the Clayborn pick for months would be – tada! Me! ITs been like redemption day for the good Capt today ! – thanks, Joe! You made my day!

  2. Chris FWC :) Says:

    So has Clayborn’s mom been knitting socks for girl scouts? I just wanna know.

    Jim Rome’s goatee

  3. CharlieB Says:

    Thinking about our found dline just makes me more upset at the labor situation. I can’t wait to see how the rookies change our line

  4. Gary Says:

    I wish SOMEONE would interview our D-line coaches and get their opinions on our roster. Lets hope wash was holding these kids back and our new coaches will get the job done.

  5. OAR Says:


    Charlie and Gary,
    Ditto! My thoughts exactly!

  6. Chris FWC :) Says:

    Seriously, how, in the past, has 2 Dline coaches worked out? Gary, I also would like to know how they feel and what their plans are.

    Baldinger makes me laugh. He’s a wanna-be Madden.

  7. Espo Says:

    I’m glad to hear an opinion from someone who actually took the time to go see him, instead of watch his highlight reel.

  8. Bucbeliever Says:


    Bowers has spoken.


    …and I’m freakin’ out I’m so excited!

  9. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    After we took him somebody on ESPN called Clayborne “The Troy Polamalu of college defensive lineman.”

    I can’t think of a statement that gets me as juiced about his potential as that one

  10. Espo Says:

    Juiced about shampoo commercials? Herbal Essences is pretty hot and the Polamalu one is funny, but for the most part I’d rather see him play football.

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    What, no accolades for predicting the Clayborn pick- which looks like a great pick now, by the way! Man, you guys are harsh!