Adrian Clayborn was a highly rated prospect in the 2011 draft as he was drafted with the 20th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clayborn had an immense amount of potential and was ready to shine in the NFL. Clayborn was the second defensive end drafted, only behind J.J. Watt. Clayborn has recorded 109 tackles and 13.5 sacks in his four year career. However, Clayborn missed almost the entire 2012-2013 season and 2014-2015 season due to injuries. Clayborn is a major health hazard, but has the potential to thrive with the Falcons. In the two full seasons Clayborn played, he recorded a total of 106 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Those kind of numbers in two seasons are exceptional.
The additions of Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett will help limit the amount of snaps Clayborn has which could help prevent injury. Clayborn was quoted saying “I just want to come in and help the Falcons get back to playing good defense. I’ve just been out for a year, and last year was supposed to be my best year of my career, so I’m just looking to get back on track, and I’m very hungry to get back at it.” We will see what contributions Clayborn can make to this rebooted Falcons defense.
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