Iowa’s defensive end Adrian Clayborn was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 20th pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. Rumors had been swirlingÂ the last few weeks that the Bucs would be selecting Clayborn and as one sports commentator noted, it was if Clayborn also knew the selection was coming because his outfit matched his Tampa Bay hat.
After his selection, Clayborn tweeted, “Great to be a buc!!”
Clayborn was the first Hawkeye selected in the 2011 draft and is the 18th first-round pick in Iowa’s history. In his career, Clayborn had 30 consecutive starts, 192 total tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
There have been concerns about Clayborn’s shoulder from his Erb’s palsy but his leadership and accomplishments probably overrode this.
Here’s a story from Tampa’s local paper about the Buc’s newest player.
As round two begins on Friday evening, Clayborn’s teammates Christian Ballard, Karl Klug and Ricky Stanzi will continue to wait for their phones to ring.