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
Alright, so this is sort of a joke. But unfortunately, there is some truth to it.
Adrian Clayborn made the following tweet earlier today:
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.
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.