Michigan State fans will complain that Greg Jones should be here, but no defensive player in the Big Ten was more dominant in 2009 than Adrian Clayborn.
From blocking a punt and scoring the go-ahead touchdown against Penn State, to terrorizing Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, to manhandling the Georgia Tech triple option in the Orange Bowl, Clayborn was a one man wrecking crew last season.
Look for Clayborn to improve even more in 2010 as the leader of one of the best defensive lines in the country. His combination of size, speed, and explosiveness will make him one of the best defensive linemen in the country next season, and ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper agrees, ranking him the top defensive end in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Ohio State center Jim Cordle agreed as well. When asked who was the best defensive lineman he faced last season, he answered, "Everson Griffin was good, Brandon Graham was better, but this year Adrian Clayborn was by far the toughest head-to-head matchup. Next year he will be this year’s Ndamukong Suh."
The high praise will continue to roll in for Clayborn, who will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten and on the national scene.