Re: Live Mock Draft, Come Make a Pick. 1st round
posted at 4/4/2011 2:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Live Mock Draft, Come Make a Pick. 1st round
[QUOTE]Clayborn an OLB? No way he can convert. Absolutely no way. He's a DE, more so as a 4-3. Watt has a better chance to play 3-4 OLB than Clayborn does. Clayborn has probably never dropped into coverage in his life either. To get someone as gifted as what Willie McGinest was here, you'll need a top 10 pick for that elephant role. You need an athlete. Clayborn isn't an athlete as an OLB. Nice player, but more of a 4-3 DE fit, in my opinion. Bailey is almost 300 lbs. He's one more bench press session away from 290 lbs. You have to figure these guys aren't done growing yet. To expect someone that big to play the elephant role well early in their career, I just don't see it.
Posted by BBReigns[/QUOTE]
I disagree that Clayborn doesn't possess the skill set to play in the elephant role.
He was 278 at his pro-day, so it's not unreasonable to think he couldn't get down to 270 (which is where I think he'd need to be) and is as good as I've seen vs. the run with good strength at the POA, excellent use of hands and ability to stack and shed or slip blockers to quickly get to the ball carrier. The kid also has excellent instincts and awareness to go along with a big motor.
As for his traingle #'s, he has good speed and quickness for his size and moves laterally as well as almost any OLB/DE in this draft (3rd fastest SS at the combine for ALL
OLB/DE's) and his timed speed translates to the field/tape.
As for your comparison to Watt, Clayborn is quicker off the snap (10 yard split), quicker laterally (SS) and had a faster 40 time, Watt had a better time in the 3C (COD skills).
Certainly the ability to drop into coverage is an unknown as it would be for any player that hasn't done it with consistency, which is why you have to try and project, but I wouldn't say he's not athletic enough to make the change at this point.
Based on his combine workout, I think he moves pretty well in space:http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d81eb2e81/2011-combine-workout-Adrian-Clayborn
As for Bailey, he looks the part physically, but is a lot slower laterally and when changing direction than Clayborn and looks like more of a linear type player. He's a kid that I would say is better off as a 43 DE.