Clayborn should have come last year. He was as dominate his
Junior season as any D-End in 2009. Last season, not so much. He still
plays with his great natural strength, leverage and hands, and has that
knack for making the big plays at the big times. But he looked fat and out
of shape. His great all out hustle was missing. And he kept coming up
winded and visibly trying to catch his breath. If he gets himself back in
shape and drops some weight and played with the relentlessness he should
in 2009, he will be the steal of the Draft at this point. He and Von
Miller were my top two rated defensive players in this Draft before the
season started. Struggled badly early in the season as he was fat and
out of shape. He looked like he had an injury, and couldn’t get back
into shape. He has kept his power with the extra weight, but lost some
speed and his great burst off the line. Still a great hand fighter, and
his slap-Rip to the outside is still one of the best moves in College
Football. His lack of conditioning really showed against
in the hurry up offense. Still able to hustle to the outside and stop the
sweep. Still a power house when he Stunts inside and knocks the OG five
yards back, which is why I think he fits as a 5-technique D-End. Still
fights inside against the run. He still has that nasty inside spin move.
Still has that knack for making the big play when his team needs it the
most. However, GMs will have to find out why he let himself fall
apart last season, was it character or injury?
In 2009 he was neck and neck with
Cameron Heyward as the most powerful D-End in the Draft:
Here he is coming off the snap low, mean, and arms extended. Boom,
that is just a power shove on Carimi and he tosses him aside. I love how
he grabs the RB with one leaping hand and rips him to the ground. Just
pure leverage and power (:55). Look ho wlean he is as he stands over
Carimi and growls at his cheap shot;-)
made him so special is that he wasn't just all leverage and power, he was
lean, mean, and quick. Leaving him unblocked was folly, and he was quick
enough to burst inside on any RB (1:35). This is the guy I wanted the pats
to draft. An outside Rip is stuffed, so he stops an punches Carimi, and Carimi
is down and he is Sacking the QB.
is just nasty. He comes off the line and just instinctually gets his hands
up and into Carimi, who is blcoking down on the D-Tackle. He sees the off
tackle run to the other side and is down the line in a flash to crush Clay
(1:47). He doesn't make the play, but he doesn't allow the RB to get
outside of him. He rides Carimi out to the flat and then just throws him
the Edge. He ride Carimi out to the edge, Sheds him like a crazy ex-girlfriend
and then hits, punches, and throws Clay to the ground (3:10).
He just gets blown off the line like he
never played D-End against Carimi (:02). Bigger fatter and weaker in 2010.
Here he is getting blown off the line again (:14). He still has a nice
burst to the edge, but once he got the edge he lost the fight. I don't
mean to be so harsh, but he was so good in 2009, I just don't know what
happened. In 2009 he would have chopped his hands off and Ripped into the
he does a good job at the point of attack, but
I would have liked to have seen him make a play on the ball (:33). There
he is protecting the edge with a little meanness (:41). He just gets into
Carimi's pads and won't move back or off the edge at all (:55).
is the guy from 2009. He gets punch, but leans into Carimi and extends his
inside arms so Carimi can't get his big mitts on him. Then he just Rips around
Toughness, power, and quickness, that is what defines his game (1:06).
This is beautiful. Power on power, boom, arms chop to the Rip, and
then he still has the lean and strength to slap that ball away bitches
(1:20). You can really see the chop on Carimi's arm here, and the final
burst to reach the ball (1:28).
is what make shim great power and finesse. He shimmey-shimmey-shakes his
shoulders and shudder steps inside, punches and chops, and then burst around
Carimi (1:36). Watch the great hands as he kung fu's his way around the Corner
(1:44). He read the play wrong, and got trapped behind Carimi, so he did
the best he could and played the LOS spy (1:52). This is the Clayborn I
loved to watch on film. He was such strong hands. He Push-Pulls Carimi
right to the ground, and that is not easy to do! This is not a security
guard in training he did that to, that is a 1st Round pick he did that to.
Then, with Carimi still in his feet, he just stops the RB dead grabbing
him from behind like a child and pulls him backwards start down on his
he is starting to look tired. Resting on one knee, and barely getting the
corner (2:16). His great burst looks gone as he completely stalemated by
Carimi (2:27). Still looking beat, and that is barely a rush (2:38). He is
just blown off the line (2:54). he is tired and worn out and is already
moving backwards before the Te gets there to hit him (3:05).
rested after sitting on the bench for a while, this is the blast off the
line that I thought would make him a top ten pick, and he just misses another
strip sack (3:18). He just can't shed Carimi (3:26).
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