6-3 283lbs Senior
2007- 20 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
2008- 50 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
2009- 70 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks
Adrian Clayborn enjoyed a breakout season last year for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Clayborn is a quick and athletic defensive end. He utilizes his speed and athleticism to generate pressure on opposing offenses. Clayborn does a great job at keeping offensive lineman’s hands off of him which allows him to use his speed to get to the quarterback. In the situations where a lineman is able to get position, Clayborn is able to use a wide array of pass rush moves. The thing that makes Clayborn special is his high motor. He never quits on a play which causes trouble for offenses. He currently sits at #20 in our 2011 Big Board. Clayborn could continue to rise with another impressive season.
Clayborn needs to spend more time in the weight room so he can enhance his strength. He has a tendency to get pushed around by offensive linemen. He could use extra bulk which will help him hold down the edge against the run. Clayborn needs to answer questions about his character; he was arrested for a situation surrounding an assault. He is described as a high character person but he needs to have an event free season in order to ease the concerns.
Clayborn is a top notch talent and has a chance to be a special player in the NFL. Teams are always in the market for a dominant pass rusher. Clayborn has all the ability and drive to dominate. I think that Clayborn will be able to stay out of trouble and ease the character concerns. He should continue to improve on his tackles for loss and sack numbers. Keep an eye out for Clayborn this season as he hopes to lead a good Hawkeye defense.
Clayborn is in good position to be a high draft pick in the 2011 draft. As of right now he should land in the top 15 but with another dominant season he could be in the top 10 discussion.