Adrian Clayborn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | DE
2012 Experience: 2nd Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The Buccaneers fell of a cliff at the end of the year, but rookie Adrian Clayborn showed flashes of a IDP relevant starter. Look for Clayborn to be active off the edge, and expect his sack total to rise.
Target Clayborn no higher than a late DL3 prospect because Tampa Bay needs to keep games competitive, to give the pass rush more opportunities. Look for that to happen with upgrades on the offense, and expectations of a focused work ethic, installed by the new coaching staff.
Clayborn may not find his way to close to 40 solo tackles, but his start value will be mostly dependent on his ability to sack the quarterback.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
It’s hard to know what to project with most rookies coming into the league until we finally see where they’re selected at the draft. Adrian Clayborn was the first of two defensive ends (Da’Quan Bowers, second round) taken in the first two rounds by the Buccaneers. While Bowers is recovering from a knee injury, Adrian Clayborn figures to get a large amount of work in his rookie season.
Of the two, Bowers is the better talent and pass rusher, but Clayborn should be of value for IDP fantasy football at some point this season as he will need to play an active role against the running game. The Buccaneers continued to be one of the leagues worst teams against the run last year and opposing teams will test them once again.
For all the success Tampa Bay had a year ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are at best an eight and eight ball club this season. Clayborn probably isn’t worth stashing on your fantasy roster to begin the season, but if he should prove to be a full time starter in September, he could make for a nice pickup for at least fill in help during the bye weeks.
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