Clayborn Is Shedding Weight

June 6th, 2011

The Bucs’ first-round pick, manbeast defensive end Adrian Clayborn, continues to tour the local radio airwaves and returned to the Buccaneers’ flagship station today on The Ron and Ian Show, co-hosted by former Bucs guard Ian Beckles on WDAE-AM 620.

Beckles and Clayborn had an exchange about adapting to the NFL when Beckles seemed to assume Clayborn would be trying to add weight to his frame, which was 6-3, 281 pounds at the scouting combine.

Clayborn set him straight.

Ian Beckles: You’re probably going to have to change it up a lot because that bull rush is going to get old about the second quarter because you’re playing against 350 pound men. Have [the Bucs] said anything to you about your weight. You’re listed here at 281. Do they want you to come at that weight or maybe a little bit heavier?

Adrian Clayborn: Oh, no. I’m getting down a little bit more. I’m at 278 right now. I trying to get down at least to 275 by training camp. I’ve heard horror stories about losing weight [at training camp], but I don’t think I’ll have any problem with that.

Joe’s not sure what to make of Clayborn looking to drop weight entering training camp. Perhaps the Bucs and other NFL teams at the combine told him they wanted to see him add speed.

It’s only six pounds in Clayborn’s case, which is probably meaningless.  … Or not.

Regardless, Clayborn will have his hands full in practice with Donald Penn lined up in front of him and chewing his ear off.

24 Responses to “Clayborn Is Shedding Weight”

  1. Gary Says:

    The logic of losing weight to gain speed makes sense because he wont be overpowering linemen like he did in college.

    The only problem is that he needs to do it right. From what we know so far, his ferocity and power makes him who he is… I hope he has the guidance of the org. on this.

  2. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Hopefully he is losing fat weight over muscle. He is a chunky dude, so I don’t think losing 5 or 6 pounds of fat is going to hurt his strength at all. If anything he is probably going lose about 10lbs of fat and gain 4 lbs of muscle, which I don’t think anyone has a problem with.

  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree that it’s more a question of muscle verses fat because fat becomes dead weight that the muscle has to haul around. I think Clayborn will be just fine and I’m anxious to see him play, along with Bowers, GMC & Price.

  4. ac3 Says:

    He’s trying to get back to the weight he played with his junior season…I don’t think anyone would mind that

  5. fatsacks813 Says:

    The kid is a talent no matter if he is 20 lbs smaller…were lacking alot of things on the d-line side i dont think it hurts at all that hes trying to make a splash at gaining some speed!! Hopefully this damn lockout lifts and he can gain 10-15 in muscle!!! Its gonna be a bad ass line come 3 years when you line up claiborne,price,mccoy,bowers… waiting for that day!!

  6. Mr. Lucky Says:

    I think it will be good for him to practice against Penn. There is no way Clayborn is gonna bull rush Penn but it will be a good test to see if Penn will be able to keep up with Clayborn coming around the edge.

  7. Leighroy Says:

    Why does he think he “wont have a problem with that?” I lose 2 lbs of water weight in sweat just by walking down my driveway in the summer heat to get my mail.

    Also, Joe, I know you gotta make that scrilla homie but TWO of these video adds with automatic sound at the same time??? Killin’ me man.

  8. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Leighroy — You can always kill the audio immediately by scrolling over the video ads and clicking stop or pause. …Joe doesn’t have control over those specifically, unfortunately. A company out of New York feeds them in there here and there occasionally and mails Joe a check every month.

  9. CharlieB Says:

    Joe, that doesn’t work all that well with a mobile device. I’m sure the company that mails you the check would do something about it if you asked.

  10. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Charlie – Unfortunately they won’t do anything about it. Joe asked back in November when it was an issue for a couple of days. If it were endless videos, Joe would drop them, but that’s not the case thankfully. Joe needs the money to run the site, mostly to buy his time to devote, time that doesn’t have to go to the real job.

  11. Pete Dutcher Says:

    LinkShare is a good one, Joe…you get to pick the ads.

    I have no problem with Clayborn losing the weight…it’s actually smart on his part. He will be under-strength against the big guys this year, so he needs to compensate with speed.

    Also, guys like Simeon Rice used more speed instead of weight. And he was darn good.

  12. Leighroy Says:

    I hear ya Joe, and it’s not every time you click a link to comment that it happens either. But when it does, its like ah wtf! Thanks for the tip on silencing the dueling yappers 😉

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    you dont have to be 350 pounds to bullrush a 350 pound man. the bull rush has way more to do with leverage, balance, and hand placement than the weight of the two men.

  14. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Gotbucs – true but a speedy guy and a swim move gets to the QB a lot quicker – the DE may not get a sack but anytime you can disrupt the QB it’s a good day.

  15. Jamie Says:

    The difference you’re talking about, Joe, is so small on a guy that large. In my eyes, this is another example of the excessive amount of worry we give to metrics like football players’ weight (or, my personal nemesis, 40-yard dash times). If a guy drops six pounds in an off-season, suddenly he’s playing “lighter.” I’m the same height as Clayborn, and I gained six pounds in boot camp. It’s really not that much difference, and I weigh about 100 pounds less than him.

  16. gotbbucs Says:

    Mr. Lucky, however they get there makes no difference to me. As long as somebody gets there, I could give a damn what pass rush move did it. I just wanna see a pig pile on a QB.

  17. tommy Says:

    why does ian crap on everything???

  18. Jimmy Says:

    Someone forgot to tell Beckles that the Bucs can’t talk to their players until the lockout is over.

    Or maybe someone forgot to tell Beckles there’s a lockout. He’s too busy with birthdays and ogling over 18-year olds and filling his gullet with free food.

    And radio executives wonder why people buy satalite radio?

  19. dan Says:

    how about this, this is confirmed in this video Joe. he even seems excited about it

    look around at about 1:50 on the video

    @Jimmy, somone forgot to tell you the lockout was lifted for a day or so, right after he was drafted… so stop attacking people without facts. makes you look like an idiot.

  20. espo Says:

    U guys do realize it is in fact possible to lose a little weight and get stronger, right? Not just weightroom strong either. I mean football toss the Blind Side aside type strong.

    And what is wrong with ogling 18 year olds and free food???

  21. Capt.Tim Says:

    Esposito- nuthin- sounds like a plan!

    I’m busy sitting up the scales by the front door, ta see who leaves a bigger sweat trail to the mail box! LeighRoy’s two pounds is imm

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  23. MarkD Says:

    As for Clayborn versus Penn in two a days. They will be fighting.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    MarkD, I hope the two don’t kill each other.