Adrian Clayborn
Adrian Clayborn
30-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Atlanta Falcons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The imposing defensive lineman is coming off a season in which he led the Falcons with 9.5 sacks, surpassing his previous career-best of 7.5 sacks from his rookie campaign. New England hopes that Clayborn can help set the edge in run support as well, with their defense having surrendered over 4.6 yards per carry last season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.96 million contract with the Falcons in April of 2019.
Heads back to Atlanta
DEAtlanta Falcons
April 9, 2019
Clayborn is rejoining the Falcons on a one-year contract worth up to $4 million, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Clayborn previously played for Atlanta from 2015 to 2017, notching a career-high 9.5 sacks in his third season with the team. He then signed a two-year, $10 million contract with New England last offseason, but he was released in March after managing just 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games. Clayborn will turn 31 in July and should be a key part of Atlanta's defensive line rotation in 2019.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Adrian Clayborn's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
280 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.78 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.13 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.30 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
2011
Clayborn will complete with Brooks Reed for the right to start at defensive end. Clayborn enters the preseason with a clean bill of health after undergoing surgery to address a torn biceps that he suffered during the postseason. He’ll give Brooks Reed a run for his money during camp, and whoever wins the starting role should see a number of pass rush opportunities.
Clayborn is expected to start opposite Kroy Biermann at defensive end in his first year with the Falcons. Clayborn only played one game last season after suffering a biceps injury, but he had a solid 2013 campaign where he tallied 64 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Biermann put up similar numbers for the Falcons last season, so if Clayborn can stay healthy, he should have upwards of 50-70 tackles and similar sack numbers.
With the free-agent signing of veteran RDE Michael Johnson from Cincinnati, Clayborn is expected to shift to the left side after being the starter at RDE the previous three seasons. Clayborn just hasn't quite produced at the level expected of a 1st round pick defensive end in his career so far. To that end the Bucs decided not to pick up the $6.969 million, fifth-year option on Clayborn's rookie contract this offseason. The Bucs' want to see more than 64 tackles (43 solo) and 5.5 sacks in 2014 before committing beyond next season.
Clayborn starts at defensive end for the Buccaneers in their 4-3 defensive scheme.
Clayborn was going to see a high snap count in Tampa Bay either way, but the news of a likely season-ending Achilles' tendon tear for 2011 second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers means Clayborn will see even more of the field in 2012. The Iowa product and 2011 first-round pick was far from dominant but still promising as a rookie, finishing with 42 tackles (29 solo), 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He should benefit both from his own improvement and the availability of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps), who missed 10 games last year.
The 20th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Clayborn is expected to plug into a starting role for Tampa Bay immediately this season. With Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Roy Miller on the interior, Clayborn should get favorable matchups on the outside. The former Iowa star had a down year in 2010, but he has the explosiveness and the motor to be a great fit for the Tampa defense. As a rookie he comes with risk, of course, but his upside is tremendous.
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Released by Patriots
DEFree Agent
March 15, 2019
Clayborn announced on Twitter that he's been granted his release from the Patriots.
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Healthy inactive Sunday
DENew England Patriots
Coach's Decision
December 23, 2018
Clayborn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bills, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
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Half sack in win
DENew England Patriots
November 5, 2018
Clayborn recorded three tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.
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Logs sack Sunday
DENew England Patriots
October 22, 2018
Clayborn recorded two tackles (both solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Bears.
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Participating in OTAs
DENew England Patriots
May 24, 2018
Clayborn (quad) has returned to action in the Patriots' OTAs, Andy Hart of the Patriots' official site reports.
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