Adrian Clayborn Scouting Report

Adrian Clayborn

Height: 6’3
Weight: 286
College: Iowa
40 Time: 4.80
Class: Senior
Projected: 1st-2nd Round


2010 – 52 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks
2009 – 70 tackles, 20.0 TFL, 11.5 sacks
2008 – 50 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks
2007 – 20 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks


Adrian Clayborn was expected to be one of the best prospects in this years draft. Instead, he was arrested and suffered a huge drop off in production. This caused him to drop down a lot of draft boards and he may have even crossed  himself off of some NFL teams’ big boards. His greatest asset is his run defense. He is a strong player who stacks and sheds well and can make a lot of plays against the run. He won’t ever be a 8+ sack type of guy, but he fits in as a run stopping LDE, or as a 5 technique in the 3-4.

Scouting Report:


– Strong frame
– 3 year starter
– Great hand usage, violent
– Powerful bull rush
– Has a nice variety of moves
– Great hand punch
– Good motor, chases plays down
– Great run defender
– Plays smart, great instincts, keeps contain
– Strong with a great base
– Rarely gets driven back
– Plays with good leverage
– Has no trouble getting off blocks to make tackles
– Good tackling technique
– Can play in a 4-3 and 3-4
– Team captain and leader


– Lacks a great burst off the snap
– Not a pass-rushing threat
– Struggles to turn the corner against quality OT’s
– Will be a LDE or 5 technique in the NFL, limited upside as a pass-rusher
– Severe drop off in production in his Senior year
– Motivation issues?
– Previously arrested for assault/disorderly conduct

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Quickness: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Point Of Attack: 4.0
Recognition: 4.0
Motor: 3.5
Pro Potential: 3.5


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