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Adrian Clayborn, Ricky Stanzi improve NFL stock at Iowa’s Pro Day

[ 1 ] March 22, 2011 |

Former Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn and former Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi both improved their stock for the NFL draft by testing well at Iowa’s Pro Day, according to longtime NFL talent scout Gil Brandt, who attended Iowa’s Pro Day event on Monday.

“No Hawkeye caught the attention of pro scouts more than defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who looked really good in his workout in front of coaches from Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Cincinnati,” Brandt wrote on his blog.

Clayborn did a vertical jump of 35-1/2 inches and a broad jump of 9-6 feet, according to Brandt. He also recorded a time of 7.08 seconds in the short shuttle and did 17 bench-press repetitions of 225 pounds.

“The number of lifts could be a slight concern because Clayborn is not as strong as most defensive ends,” Brandt said. “But he is very explosive. He’s got a great first move, which is why he will be a top-20 pick.”

Clayborn, a native of St. Louis, was a three-year starter at Iowa and earned all-America honors as a senior. He was measured at 6-foot-3 1/8 inches and weighed 278 pounds.

As for Stanzi, Brandt said he performed better at Iowa’s Pro Day than he did at the NFL Combine in February.

“He definitely helped his stock, which is good because he had an audience of quarterback coaches that included Carolina and Baltimore,” Brandt said of Stanzi, who ranks third on Iowa’s all-time passing list with 7,377 yards.

Stanzi twice ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds. The Mentor, Ohio, native also had a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-7 broad jump and posted times of 4.56 seconds and 7.23 seconds in the short shuttle and the cone drill, respectively, and did 16 strength lifts.

Stanzi measured at 6-4 1/8 inches and weighed 224 pounds.

Former Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard also had an impressive workout that included twice running the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He also had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 9-7 broad jump.

Ballard played both defensive end and defensive tackle at Iowa and was a three-year starter. He measured at 6-4 ½ and weighed 286 pounds.

Fellow defensive lineman Karl Klug did 21 strength lifts and recorded times of 4.81 and 4.83 in the 40.  He also had a 29 ½ vertical jump and 9-5 broad jump.

Defensive back Tyler Sash, who will skip his senior season at Iowa to enter the NFL draft, ran the 40 in 4.61 and 4.66 and had 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-4 broad jump. The Oskaloosa native also did 14 bench press repetitions.

Offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde ran the 40 in 5.09 and 5.13. He also had a 30-inch vertical, a 9-foot broad jump and did 25 strength lifts.

Brandt said representatives from 20 NFL teams were on hand to evaluate 14 former Iowa players.

“Iowa certainly has its fair share of intriguing draft prospects,” Brandt said.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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