Rookie Report Cards for the 1st Quarter - Page 2
Akeem Ayers was a player that was initially expected to be a top 20 selection in the 2011 draft. However as scouts reviewed more film and he posted a disappointed 40 yard dash, he started slipping down draft boards. Mike Munchak and the Titans did not hesitate when they had the chance to land the 6’3 254lbs OLB. They quickly brought him in and made him a starter as a SAM backer. So far Ayers has flashed his athleticism all over the field as he has 18 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 run stuff.
Mason Foster & Adrian Clayborn were two players that the Bucs hoped could have immediate impacts on their defense. They were right. Foster replaced Barrett Ruud and has already notched 26 tackles, 19 solo, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and 2 run stuffs for -10 yards. Then you have to add in Adrian Clayborn who is playing the RE position and has already contributed 2 sacks and a forced fumble as well. This Bucs defense is being built the right way.