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In a league where offensive production equates into championships, the necessity for a powerful, dominating defensive end is at an all-time high. And when you take a brief look at Iowa's stud DE Adrian Clayborn, you'll see a mirror image like that of a Dwight Freeney.
Quite the comparison, as I'm sure you've already taken note of. However, that is only the gist of what Clayborn brings to the table.
A 6'4'', 285-pound frame complemented by robust speed and initial burst can be a deadly weapon for any defense looking to upgrade through the draft.
As a primary three-year starter for the Hawkeyes, Clayborn registered 184 tackles, 19 sacks and a forced fumble—most coming from his unparalleled 2009 season in which he furnished a Big Ten high 11 sacks and 63 tackles.
Clayborn transfers to the next level as well as any other defensive lineman entering this year's draft; however, a disappointing 2010 season has dampened his draft status amongst scouts across the country.
An effective exhibit at the combine could push him into the middle first round; however, that may be a bit of a stretch. Remember: injuries are a liability for NFL scouts and franchises, and no one wants to be the guy who wasted their first-round draft pick on a physically unable prospect.
Teams will be hesitant before taking Clayborn, which could push him to the late stages of the first round, possibly the early first round if things start to get ugly. An adequate demonstration will be needed from Clayborn to increase his draft stock.
Best case scenario: middle to late first round
Worst case scenario: middle to late second round