NFL Pace Setters: Tampa Bay Buccaneers First to Sign Top Pick; Clayborn on Board

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJuly 27, 2011

Adrian Clayborn will be on the field for the first workout.
Adrian Clayborn will be on the field for the first workout.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

When Mark Dominik said on Tuesday that he wanted all his draft picks in camp on Thursday, he wasn't blowing smoke.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneer GM was the first in the NFL to get his first-round draft pick on board. The Bucs signed the 20th overall pick, Adrian Clayborn, early Wednesday morning, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Dominik came out on Tuesday afternoon and announced that third-round pick Mason Foster was signed to a four-year deal as was seventh round pick, tight end Daniel Hardy. Foster was the first draft choice to be signed by any NFL team as the Bucs are full steam ahead.

With 79 rostered players coming to camp, Dominik will add the rest via free agency and that list should be complete sometime today (Wednesday). Of those 79, some won't make it. Josh Freeman's interview Tuesday revealed that tight end John Gilmore may not be back but the tone Dominik used when he spoke of the urgency to get Foster in and learning ASAP, gives strong credence to the idea that Barrett Ruud's days as a Buccaneer have come to an end.

Clayborn was at One Buccaneer Place Tuesday, ready to go, even though he wasn't signed. Likewise, Da'Quan Bowers is here as well and will most likely be signed today (Wednesday).

The good news on Bowers is that Dominik declared "Da'Quan should be ready to go, day one."

The Bucs are wasting no time in getting out in front of the rest of the league.

Soon it will be Raheem Morris' turn.