Adrian Clayborn Scouting Report

Posted: January 18, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in 3-4 Defensive Ends, 4-3 Defensive Tackles, Prospects 11-20
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#11 DE, Adrian Clayborn (6’3 285 lbs.) – Iowa Hawkeyes


Pass Rush Skills: Not a quick twitch rusher, but possesses a tremendous amount of power. Uses his hands violently and gets offensive linemen on their heels. Has the ability to collapse the pocket from the 5 and 3 technique. Is not a natural bender. Cannot flatten out and bend the corner. Has above average speed for his size. Plays with a nastiness and mean streak. Is a violent tackler when he reaches the quarterback.

Versus the run: Very strong against the run. Can sit in his stance and anchor, even against double teams. Uses his hands to stack and shed blockers effectively. Lacks the athleticism to make plays from sideline to sideline. Has a good initial burst. Makes a ton of stops in the backfield. Needs to come out of his stance lower, and play with better leverage consistently. Technique tends to break down when fatigued.

Versatility: Scheme diverse. Is powerful enough to play the 3-technique in the 4-3 or the 5-technique in the 3-4. Not athletic enough to hold up in coverage.

Instincts/Motor: Sniffs out misdirections, delays, and screens well. Does a good job at setting the edge and funneling ball carriers back to the inside. Motor runs hot and cold. Needs to improve stamina. Technique breaks down, and he isn’t nearly as passionate when fatigued.

Intangibles: Pled guilty to disorderly conduct in March of 2010. Originally charged with assault causing bodily injury after allegedly punching a cab driver for honking at him in early 2009. Multi-year Team Captain.

Overall Stock: Adrian Clayborns stock was extremely high after the 2009 season. If he had come out, he was sure to be a top 10 pick. In 2010, Clayborn’s production decreased drastically. After racking up 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2009, he only managed a meager 3.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in 2010. That lack of production is attributed to a few different things. Clayborn was often doubled teamed. Teams know the type of chaos he can cause, and they game planned around him. Also, Clayborn’s motor was not up to snuff this year. He looked lackadaisical at times and did a lot of jogging around. Clayborn’s stock is still relatively high, but only due to his performance in 2009. He will have to improve on his conditioning if he wants to maintain his first round grade. If Clayborn can stay motivated, he will be a monster in the NFL. 

NFL Comparison: Cullen Jenkins



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