Adrian Clayborn scouting report

Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa

Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 286

Dominant bull rusher with decent athleticism. Explosive off the snap. Shows flashes of absolute dominance. A team leader on the field. Very strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against the run.
Comes with some character concerns; arrested for assaulting a taxi driver in 2009. Born with Erb’s Palsy, a condition which leads to nerve damage in neck and arm; hasn’t been an issue thus far, but teams will still need to do a thorough medical checkup. Struggled to live up to expectations during his senior year. At times, it simply looked like a lack of effort. Doesn’t have the build of a prototypical 3-4 end; a little on the short side but that doesn’t have to be a negative if he learns how to use good leverage.
Clayborn looked like a sure top-10 pick after a dominant junior year, but after a disappointing season you have to wonder if all that talk went to his head. He was a non-factor far too often in 2010 and there were times when he simply didn’t appear to be giving his best effort on the field. Those concerns, coupled with his 2009 arrest, could scare off some teams. However, when playing to his full potential he is an elite talent and could be a great fit at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He seems like a candidate to fall on draft day, but also the type of player that could use that as motivation to finally play to his full potential in the pros.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 2 Comments

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