Clayton picked by Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton with their first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.<br><br>In a draft class rich with wide receiver talent, Clayton was the fifth player taken at the position.

Clayton will join former defensive tackle Booger McFarland, the most recent first-round pick out of LSU who was also the 15th overall pick by the Bucs in 1999.

Clayton became the highest drafted receiver in LSU history and the first taken in the first round since St. Louis took Eddie Kennison with the 18th overall pick in 1996. Wendell Davis (1998, 27th pick, Chicago) is the only other LSU receiver to be taken in the first round.

The only other LSU players in modern day NFL history (since 1967) drafted higher than Clayton were Bert Jones (1973, second, Baltimore), A.J. Duhe (1977, 13th, Miami), Charles Alexander (1979, 12th, Cincinnati) and Eric Hill (1989, 10th, Arizona).

Clayton joins a team going through a transition at the wide receiver position. The Buccaneers traded Keyshawn Johnson after his chemistry problems with head coach John Gruden for Dallas wide receiver Joey Galloway.

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