Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Da’Quan Bowers

Da'Quan Bowers is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just hit a home run in the second round selecting Da’Quan Bowers to team with Adrian Clayborn as defensive ends. The Bucs now have two of the top pass-rushers in the draft in their first two picks and they are going to enter 2011 with potentially the most talented young line in the NFL. Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, I’ll give you a chance to go change your pants…

This is an incredible turn of luck for the Bucs, Bowers has top-5 potential and he fell all the way to 51. Now the Bucs get arguably the most talented pass-rusher in this year’s draft-class, a guy who registered 15 sacks in 2010, and he comes cheaply in the 2nd round. This could be the steal of the draft and the Bucs D-Line just went from mediocre to promising.

We will have more later on in the evening, but words can’t describe how good the Buccaneers’ draft currently looks. Bowers and Clayborn together form an impressive young tandem that should bother the quarterbacks in the NFC South for years to come. This is a great day to be a Bucs fan and the Bucs still have another pick to spend. Stay tuned for all the coverage and I’ll have a much more in depth analysis of Bowers later tonight, but of all the outcomes the Bucs could have gotten in this year’s draft, this beats them all. The Bucs have arguably the best first two rounds in the entire draft, they have addressed their needs along the defensive line and Mark Dominik continues to impress. Hats off, Mark. Very impressive.

Topics: 2011 Draft, Bucs, Da'Quan Bowers, NFL

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  • Rook

    I’m just ecstatic. Mad props to Mark Dominik- after two drafts, you’ve proven your weight in gold to me. Yes, he could still be a bust- but a #51, the kind of upside this guy offers is astounding. Think of it as Gaines Adams’ karmic re-balances from beyond the grave- trying to see his protege achieve the promise he never could with the franchise that first believed in him. Bowers/McCoy/Price/Clayborn- try to tell me that’s not a front four that makes you quake in your boots!

  • BamBamBuc

    Don’t forget, Clayborn is a RDE only due to the Erb’s Palsy. This means that Bowers (when his knee is healthy and he’s ready to go) will be facing the opponent’s Right Tackle. While all NFL players are exceptionally talented, Right Tackles are rarely the equivalent of their Left Tackle counterparts. Pitting one of the best pass rushers in the draft against the weaker RT on a consistent basis will force teams to shift blocking to their right, which means Clayborn will be getting consistent one on one’s and McCoy/Price are more likely to get one man instead of two.

    While I love the pass rush potential of the group, my real hope/concern is these guys stopping the run. We know they can rush, but can they stop the run? Our new DE’s seem pretty good at run stuffing, so even there I’m happy, but I’ve yet to see our interior D-line (McCoy/Price) have much success against the run. That HAS to improve this year.