Thursday, October 21, 2010

Defensive Prospect of the Week: Adrian Clayborn, DE, IOWA

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At 6'3 285 lbs. Adrian Clayborn is a true man. He possesses the physical size and strength to simply dominate his opponents. This allows him to control the line of scrimmage, holding his own against the run while generating a solid pass rush at the same time. He is consistently in the backfield of the opponent. On top of his superior strength and size, Clayborn also possesses a remarkably high-motor for a man his size. He rarely takes a play off, and is active throughout the game. He will be a three-down player in the NFL. Clayborn also has great technique. He has a large repertoire of pass-rushing moves and uses his hands very well. He is very advanced or a college lineman and you can tell he is well coached. Clayborn is everything you could want in a defensive lineman prospect. He was arrested due to an assault charge but nothing ever came of it. Adrian is off to a rather slow start this year, recording only two sacks through six games (compared to 11 last year), but this is likely due largely to the fact that he is facing constant double teams and increased attention. It will be interesting to see how he finishes out the season, and how that will effect his draft status. Right now he is a first round lock, and with a strong finish to the season and a solid combine, he will likely be drafted in the top ten.

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