2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has Atlanta Falcons Taking Adrian Clayborn
Todd McShay's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Claims the Falcons Will Fill Their DE Need
The Atlanta Falcons don't have that many pressing needs, but one thing they could use is a defensive end. They picked a good year to need something like that, as this year's draft class is fair teeming with talented edge rushers.
Most of the best defensive ends will be gone by the time the Falcons are on the clock with the No. 27 pick, but Todd McShay has them drafting Iowa's Adrian Clayborn in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (can only be accessed with ESPN Insider).
McShay does note that Clayborn's stock is not as high as it once was, but he still thinks Clayborn would be a good fit for the Falcons:
[Clayborn's] a very solid player with good athleticism for his size (6-foot-3, 281 pounds) and the kind of motor you want when betting on a risk/reward prospect late in the first round.
Most of the concerns about Clayborn have to do with the fact that he has Erb's palsy in his right arm, which means he will have to play on the right side of a given D-line. He also struggled in 2010, posting just six sacks. However, you can look to his 2009 season, in which he had 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, for proof that he can get it done.
I think there's a chance Clayborn will go higher. If he doesn't, the Falcons shouldn't pass him up.
My Pick: Ryan Kerrigan
This would be quite the drop for Kerrigan, but I for one won't be surprised if it happens given his relative lack of athleticism.
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