2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

by Cory J. Bonini on March 7, 2011 @ 03:56:16 PDT


Iowa senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn is one of the top defensive linemen in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is coming off three seasons of at least 50 total stops and demonstrated the ability to get to the quarterback in 2009 (11.0 sacks). 


  • Size and bulk (6-foot-2 5/8, 281 pounds)
  • Strength
  • Scheme versatile
  • Tackles well
  • Adrian Clayborn, draft prospect
    All-around talent
    Reasonable burst
  • On-field leader and team captain
  • Laterally mobile, holds the edge
  • Pursuit against the run


  • Not a true pass rusher
  • Doesn't have very quick feet
  • Loses stamina - needs better conditioning
  • Plead guilty to disorderly conduct in 2009 (reduced from an assault causing bodily injury charge)
  • Not very explosive off the ball
  • Overly aggressive

Expected draft placement

Clayborn's 2009 sack explosion will have scouts examining him more closely. He is better suited to play left defensive end in a 4-3 system than anything else, but a 3-4 five-technique spot could be in the cards for him.

He should be a late first-round pick, with the following teams potentially interested in Clayborn's services: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 22), New York Jets (No. 30) and Green Bay Packers (No. 32).

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Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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