His aggressive style, good size and solid speed help him be constantly around the ball. Is also a hard-working and smart playmaker on the field. Hits hard and tackles well.
Is still very raw. Needs to round out his game and learn how to counter the run when needed. Tends to hesitate at times after the snap, losing precious seconds. Is also dealing with a lifelong shoulder issue.
Quality pass rusher with star tools (when healthy).
Movements & Injuries
Biceps injury, injured reserve.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers declined their contract option for the 2015 season.
Fined $21,000 by the NFL.
Right knee injury, injured reserve.
Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round (20th Overall) in 2011.
Adrian Clayborn poised for breakout season? | 06/05/2014 10:54 PM
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas is forecasting a breakout season for fourth-year LE Adrian Clayborn.
Moving from right to left end to make room for high-priced Michael Johnson, Clayborn should see action at both positions this year, and play about 90 percent of Tampa's defensive snaps. "Last year, he had 19.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three of them were on the left side," noted new DL coach Joe Cullen. "... He's going to play both sides." Clayborn, 26 in July, is in his contract year.
Bucs decline Adrian Clayborn's 5th-yr option | 04/25/2014 12:36 PM
The Bucs have decided against exercising DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year option for 2015.
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It means Clayborn is entering a contract year in 2014. The fifth-year club option would've set up Clayborn for a non-guaranteed $6.969 million in 2015, but he was not drafted by the Buccaneers' current front office, and is a questionable scheme fit for Leslie Frazier's new Tampa 2. Clayborn registered 7.5 sacks in a promising 2011 rookie year, but has just 5.5 across 19 games since.
Bucs to decline Clayborn's 5th-year option | 04/21/2014 2:10 PM
Profootballtalk.com reports the Buccaneers are "doubtful" to exercise DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year club option.
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A source also told PFT the Bucs have "no intention of trading" Clayborn as he enters his contract year. With Michael Johnson signed to play right defensive end, Clayborn is moving to the left side this season in Leslie Frazier's Tampa-2 style defense. Not exercising the option doesn't mean Clayborn will definitely leave the Bucs after this season, but it greatly increases the chances.
Bucs moving Clayborn to left end | 03/26/2014 7:51 AM
The Buccaneers are moving Adrian Clayborn to left defensive end.
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Michael Johnson is Tampa Bay's new right defensive end. Clayborn has been a weak-side rusher to this point in his NFL career, but he has a pretty natural body type for left end at 6-foot-3, 281. The 2011 first-round pick notched 64 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles at right end last year. Clayborn could see more tackle chances on the strong side, increasing his IDP consistency.
Adrian Clayborn a full participant at camp | 07/26/2013 1:56 PM
Bucs RE Adrian Clayborn (ACL surgery) was a full participant as the team opened training camp.
Whereas Darrelle Revis (knee), Carl Nicks (toe), and Davin Joseph (knee) were each slightly limited on day one, Clayborn took part in "all 24 of the morning drills" and is all systems go. "Adrian looks great," said coach Greg Schiano. "... I expect big things." Clayborn tore his right ACL last September, so he'll be nearly a full year removed when the 2013 season kicks off.
Bucs letting Clayborn take it easy in OTAs | 05/21/2013 11:46 AM
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team is going to keep RE Adrian Clayborn (knee) out of OTAs for "safety reasons."
Clayborn is "doing well" in his recovery from a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 3 last season, and he's expected to be ready to go for training camp and the season opener. After opting not to re-sign DE Michael Bennett, the Bucs are putting a lot of faith in injury risks Clayborn and LE Da'Quan Bowers.
Adrian Clayborn will be ready Week 1? | 04/23/2013 9:13 AM
GM Mark Dominik expects RE Adrian Clayborn (knee) to be ready for Week 1.