Senior NFL Writer and Commentator John Clayton, of ESPN.com declares the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the unquestioned draft winners of day two. Mark Dominik has been vilified for not trading up and landing a more heralded pass rushing prospect such as Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan or North Carolina’s Robert Quinn. All Dominik and the Bucs did was end up with two of the top five defensive end prospect based on many pundits rankings in the 2011 draft. With the selection of Adrian Clayborn – the free falling Da’Quan Bowers, in Clayton’s opinion the Bucs are the biggest winners after he sifted through each teams picks, after two days of drafting.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: You’ve got to be kidding me. Last year, the Bucs rebuilt their defensive line with the additions of defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, their top two draft choices in 2010. After getting a pass-rushing defensive end in Adrian Clayborn in the first round Thursday, the Bucs landed Da’Quan Bowers in the second round. Bowers has talent to become rookie of the year, but he has knees that might not allow him to last through a five-year contract. No problem for the Bucs. They will sign him to a four-year deal at second-round money. Drafted with the 51st pick, Bowers will be eager to prove his worth. To make life even better, the Bucs added linebacker Mason Foster in the third round.