Adrian Clayborn may not be who you wanted to pick at 20, but he sure isn’t going to let that stop him from winning you over. I’ve been very critical of the pick, not of Clayborn, but of whether he was the best player available and the ideal fit. At the end of the day though, Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris both know what they wanted and they’re ecstatic, and Clayborn has already started ingratiating himself to the Buccaneer fan-base.
“It’s a long wait, but it was well worth it,” Clayborn said. “Tampa is where I wanted to be and I’m glad I got to them and I’m glad they picked me. I’m glad to be a Buc.”
“I just got off the phone with McCoy,” Clayborn said. “I’m just excited. He was talking to me a little bit. I know that defense is what I can thrive in, so I’m just excited about it. He just called me and just that they got a great pick in me. He’s excited and I’m excited to work with him and everybody else. He talked to me about is guiding me the right way through this whole process and I’m excited to have a guy like that to help me out.”
Obviously part of that is obligatory, every player is thrilled to be picked by the team who drafted them (except Eli Manning and John Elway, both of whom inexplicably get passes for throwing $#@%-fits before they every threw passes in the NFL). Clayborn is making the press rounds in Tampa now, and listening to him talk about the game and the violence of the position, you realize this guy for as seemingly fun-loving as he is off the field, must be a Jeckyll and Hyde type on it. Clayborn told 620 AM in Tampa last night he looks forward to kicking offensive lineman’s asses and that if you’re not into the violence of playing on the D-line, you’re lined up in the wrong place. Now we know what Raheem Morris meant when he called Clayborn a “Rambo” character.