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2011 NFL Draft Grade: What The Experts Are Saying

Now that the curtain has fallen on the 2011 NFL Draft. Everyone and their mother will grade the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft class and every other teams draft for that matter. By assigning a letter grade, which is utterly preposterous to say the least. What are they actually grading! Its not like the players have taken one snap in the NFL – it would be one thing if they are grading a teams draft based on what needs a team filled, but most, if not all of these supposed experts are grading based on how a player drafted preformed in the college ranks. Which as we all know, the draft is a total crap shoot and why it is so hard to determine unequivocally how any college player will perform once he gets in the pros.

Without further ado, below you will find a sampling of what some of these so-called experts are saying about the 2011 draft class of your beloved Bucs. Merely as a precursor, I want to warn everyone that most if not all of the ones that I have read are basically of the same opinion. The Bucs had another excellent draft. But most have concerns over the medical issues surrounding the Bucs top two pick Adrain Calyborn and Da’Quan Bowers.

Although, that’s not any different then what many of us fans have stated over the last several days while the draft was still unfolding.

Dennis Dillon, of the Sporting News describes the Bucs continued youth movement as promising.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa’s youth movement continues to look promising. To complement their young playmakers on offense, the Bucs added pass rushers in DEs Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, and a productive MLB in Mason Foster.

Adam Caplan, of FOXSports.com opinions the Bucs addressed their biggest weakness, but is not sold on the haul due in large part to the medical concerns with the Bucs top two picks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+

Draft picks: DE Adrian Clayborn (first round), DE Da’Quan Bowers (second round), LB Mason Foster (third round), TE Luke Stocker (fourth round), S Ahmad Black (fifth round), RB Allen Bradford (sixth round), DB Anthony Gaitor (seventh round), TE Daniel Hardy (seventh round).

Analysis: The Buccaneers addressed their weakness at defensive end, but both Clayborn and Bowers have medical issues. Both players are good values at the point where they were selected, but they also have a lot to prove. Black could be a steal in the fifth round.

Senior writer, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com gave high praise to general manager Mark Dominik and the Bucs for continuing to build “something special” down in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Best pick: Getting Da’Quan Bowers in the second round will be a huge steal if the medical holds up. I love the risk. Wow.

Questionable move: Taking Bowers. Because, then again, it could blow up in their faces.

Third-day gem: Safety Ahmad Black, the team’s fifth-round pick, is small for his position but he’s a heck of a football player. He should be able to excel on special teams as a rookie.

Analysis: For the third straight year, the Bucs hit big in the draft. General manager Mark Dominik is building something special down there. The first two picks of ends Adrian Clayborn and Bowers means Tampa Bay has used four premium picks on the line in the past two years.

Grade: A

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