We've already discussed the latest version of Mel Kiper's mock draft, in which he chooses defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson for the Saints. Now Kiper's ESPN partner in crime, Todd McShay, has released his own mock draft update. As it turns out, he disagrees with Kiper over who he thinks the Saints will choose with the 24th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft:
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Clayborn is a powerful, effective pass-rusher who could fall this far because of the depth of the defensive end class and concerns about a nerve condition that could limit the range of motion in his right arm, but New Orleans would be more than happy to take him here.
I think I'd be okay with this selection. Many current mock drafts have Clayborn off the board by the time the Saints are ready to pick so it seems like this would be a good value for the team if possible.
What are you thinking about this pick? Is drafting Clayborn even better than Ryan Kerrigan?
For a little background on Clayborn, here's what NFL.com has to say about him.
Clayborn has the ability to be a very good starting defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 front and can play some defensive tackle in passing situations. Smart, instinctual player, especially against the run. Doesn't stay blocked long and can stop the running game right at him. Uses his hands and power to take a direct route to the quarterback. Doesn't possess elite quickness or top-end speed which limits his big play ability rushing the passer, away from him in the running game, and in space. Clayborn could draw interest from several clubs due to his versatility. Probable first round pick.
Clayborn has good size. Uses a variety of power moves to jolt offensive lineman and get to the quarterback. Holds his ground well, gets off blocks and is a sure tackler when run at. Can play strong side end in a 4-3, the 5-technique in a 3-4, or move inside on passing downs. Great football IQ.
Lacks elite initial burst to consistently beat NFL tackles and get the corner. Overall athleticism and fluidity is just adequate. Not overly comfortable tackling in space or dropping into coverage. Won't consistently make plays chasing from the backside. Has some off-the-field issues.