Thomas Claiborne, OG, Boston College

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Thomas Claiborne, OG, Boston College

Postby Pudge » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:58 am

Boston College Senior
40: 5.40e


Has good size and bulk in a short area. Able to get some push with decent pop. Is able to deliver blow to defender. Is wide-bodied, initiates contact, and hard to get around in pass protection.. Able to get out on the second level and pull at times.


Has poor feet. Plays with poor balance when on the move and spends too much time on the ground. Doesn't do a good job adjusting in space and thus misses assignments when pulling and blocking on the second level. Not as powerful as a guy his size should be because he has inconsistent pop. Needs to improve his hand placement and gets overextended. Struggles to lock on and loses balance when trying to deliver a blow. Ducks his head and bends waist when trying to deliver a punch in pass protection and is short-armed. Struggles when matching up against quicker defenders because he has poor footwork and lacks lateral quickness. Whiffs on too many assignments and takes poor angles as a run blocker.


Claiborne flashed tools and potential a year ago due to his size, but showed very little if any improvement as a senior. He started 37 games at right guard over the past three years, but by the end of this past year he was splitting reps with another player due to his inconsistency. Began his career as a defensive lineman, and might make sense to move him back there at the next level. Has had weight issues in the past, weighing as much as 380 pounds earlier in his career.


Claiborne can play guard at the next level and is somewhat effective due to his size. But quicker defensive tackles are going to eat him alive at the next level and he's just too inconsistent and mistake prone. I've seen him dominate MAC defenders but really struggle against ACC defenders. His bulk and thus his run blocking potential will give him opportunities, but unless he really takes well to coaching, I think he's out of the league inside three years. If he moves to defense, his bulk can be an asset playing in a two-gap scheme. He'd be raw there and certainly a project that would need several years before he can be expected to compete, but his size can be a bit more of an asset there by being able to occupy blockers. He has a chance as a reserve, but unless he really polishes up his hands to a point to make up for his poor footwork, then he's a longshot.


Claiborne would certainly add bulk up front for the Falcons and would be intriguing if the team wanted to get bigger. But he's raw with his technique, has sloppy footwork, and until those things change has very limited upside. He's a camp body more than anything that is a longshot to make the practice squad.


Claiborne is too raw and inconsistent to merit a draft pick, but a team should bring him to camp.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 3.0
Footwork: 2.0
Technique: 2.0
Mobility: 2.0
Mean Streak: 2.0
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