How Does #1 Pick Fit for Bucs?

Michael Clayton is a talented receiver that will help the Buccaneers offense in the years to come. At 6-4, 200 pounds he needs to bulk up to withstand the beating a receiver takes in a 16-game season. The TBA games that follow the regular season are the most important, and require even more strength and stamina.

The former LSU Tiger compiled 2,582 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns in his three-year college career. Clayton's best season was last year; the Tigers won the National Championship. The experience gained by winning a championship is priceless like a MasterCard commercial. His team did well, but he failed to score a touchdown in three bowl games.

The Buccaneers have Joey Galloway, Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicius, and Charles Lee returning from last year's squad. With depth issues on defense fans are scratching their heads as to why Jon Gruden felt Clayton was the pick that served the best interest of the team. It appears this pick was in the best interest of his offense. Bruce Allen's role as GM was solidified on draft day. Gruden picks the players, and Allen finds a way to pay them.

Clayton is no stranger to special teams, which should increase his playing time in his rookie year. Not only did he cover kicks in college, he held extra-points and field goals. Gruden referenced the fact that his pick was a Captain on his National Championship team. This coupled with his physical presence on the field were what the Bucs liked most about the 15th overall pick in the draft.

The Buccaneers will have to score a lot of points to win football games next year. The defense is a shell of what it once was. The Bucs lost key players on defense and did not fill the holes left by the departure of two fan favorites. By not filling their greatest need with the team's first round pick the Bucs will have to rely on shoot out wins.

The most important thing for fans to remember is that it is not Clayton's fault that he was chosen. A warm welcome is in order no matter whom, you as a fan, wanted the team to take.

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