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Bucs select Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn No. 20 overall



Looking to improve their pass rush, the Bucs selected Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn with the 20th overall pick. 

Clayborn finished his Iowa career with 30 consecutive starts, 192 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.

Tampa Bay finished tied for 30th in the NFL in sacks with 26. Clayborn had just 3.5 sacks last season. 

Clayborn overcame some long odds to become a football player, let alone an NFL draft pick. Doctors did not want Clayborn to play contact sports in high school because of nerve damage suffered in his neck and right arm during the birthing process, a condition referred to as Erb's or brachial palsy.

But he endured to become a 2010 Playboy All-American. The 6-foot-3, 287-pound Clayborn was the emotional leader of the Hawkeyes defense and a team captain.

Clayborn did have some off-field trouble. He was charged with assaulting an Iowa City taxi driver in January 2009 after reportedly confronting a taxi driver who honked his horn in a traffic jam.

Clayborn pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in March 2010, but was not suspended by Iowa coaches because they felt the situation required only minor internal penalties.

The Bucs were believed to be targeting a pass rushing defensive end from the start to play alongside defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, last year's No. 3 overall pick.

But general manager Mark Dominik had warned against linking the Bucs to the defensive end position.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:25pm]


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