Adrian Clayborn

The Redskins Draft Strategy

Over the offseason, I’ve been attempting to figure out my best guess for what Mike Shanahan and company will do in their first real offseason. Shanahan and Allen have had their staff for a full year now, and are now familiar with all the players. Shanahan knew the players only by film last offseason, but now knows what he truly has. It will take a couple seasons before Shanahan is fully comfortable, but he is on his way. In all of the mock drafts, most people have the Redskins selecting from a pool of players consisting of Julio Jones, AJ Green, or Jake Locker- often stating WR and QB as the biggest needs. But, this is my take on the Redskins approach, come April 28th. Read more

Posted on by Matt Peterson in 2011 NFL Draft, Redskins 1 Comment

All-Overrated Team (pre-combine edition)

QB – Jake Locker, Washington
Locker is all hype and no substance. He lacks the accuracy to play quarterback in the NFL and he’s going to fall out of the 1st round.
RB – Mark Ingram, Alabama
Ingram wasn’t even the best running back on his own team this past season. Comparisons to Emmitt Smith are being tossed around, but he reminds me more of Ron Dayne.
WR – Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
A gifted athlete with elite size and strength, but just doesn’t play up to his potential.
TE – D.J. Williams, Arkansas
Athletic, but doesn’t really have a position. Too short to be a star at tight end.
OT – Nate Solder, Colorado
Suffering (or benefiting, I guess) from the media’s Bruce Campbell syndrome. He’s athletic, but far from a finished product.
OG – Mike Pouncey, Florida
He’s not his brother. He’s good, but his stock in the media has risen because of his last name.
DE – Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
After a stellar 2009 he took a step backwards as a senior. There are some concerns about his effort on the field.
DT – Marcell Dareus, Alabama
He’s never performed at an elite level as a full-time starter – not exactly the résumé of a top-10 pick.
OLB – Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Is he strong enough to play defensive end? Is he athletic enough to play linebacker?
ILB – Greg Jones, Michigan State
A gifted athlete who consistently falls short of expectations. He benefits from a very weak class for the position.
CB – Brandon Harris, Miami FL
Fast enough to stick with anyone, but he’s undersized and consistently gets beat by more physical receivers.
S – Robert Sands, West Virginia
Its easy to be intrigued by his size, but very few have ever played the position effectively at his size.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 1 Comment

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

Adrian Clayborn’s eating habits hurting draft stock?

Alright, so this is sort of a joke. But unfortunately, there is some truth to it.

Adrian Clayborn made the following tweet earlier today:

After the combine I’m goig to the store and I’m getting chips cooking donuts soda oatmeal pies frozen pizza and I’m going to shorts!!!Mon Feb 14 00:13:13 via Twitter for iPhone

This is probably just an innocent tweet and there’s nothing to be concerned about in regards to Clayborn. However, it is an issue that comes up every year.

Players workout for two months in preparation for the combine, only to crash back down to earth in the following weeks. For a player like Clayborn, this post-combine crash can be particularly concerning.

As a defensive end weighing in somewhere around 280 pounds, Clayborn doesn’t have much wiggle room with his weight. Binge eating after two months of workouts isn’t what he needs. He’ll still need to weigh in at Iowa’s pro day and then at each private workout he has with NFL teams. If he shows up even just 5-10 pounds heavier at those events than he did in Indianapolis, it could give someone reason to doubt him.

As I said, there’s no reason to worry about Clayborn specifically. Iowa’s coaches have praised his work ethic and he carries his weight well. I simply thought this was a good time to address the issue that many players are facing. They need to adjust to life in the NFL where there is no offseason, and sometimes it isn’t easy.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 2 Comments

NFL Draft Stock Report

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23: Nick Fairley  of the Auburn Tigers sacks quarterback Jordan Jefferson  of the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Fairley has been arguably the nation's most dominant defensive player this season

Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn
What Cameron Newton is to Auburn’s offense, Fairley is to their defense. He was barely on the radar screen entering the season, and suddenly he looks like a top-10 pick.The junior is a dominant penetrating defensive tackle who compares favorably to Gerald McCoy. I’ve moved him up to No. 5 on my Big Board, and I fully expect him to leave after his junior year.

Cameron Newton – QB – Auburn
Like Fairley, Newton wasn’t even an afterthought in the preseason draft projections. Now it looks like he may be a 1st-round pick and rumors are swirling that he’s likely to leave after this season. He’s far from a polished quarterback, but he is every bit as athletic as Vince Young and definitely has a bright future.

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos – WR – Iowa
The more I see DJK, the more I like him. There’s really nothing remarkable about him, but he is too consistent not to like. He reminds me of Jordan Shipley – not very tall, not real fast, but just knows how to play the position. He looks like a 2nd or 3rd round pick and his stock will definitely get a boost from his kick-return skills.

Adrian Clayborn – DE – Iowa
Clayborn may still be a top-10 pick, but his senior year has been a disappointment. After a dominant junior campaign, which he capped off with a great showing in the Orange Bowl, expectations were high. He’s been good, but hasn’t quite reached level of dominance that we hoped to see. There’s still plenty of time for him to turn things around, but the first two months could have gone better.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off