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2011 NFL Mock Draft Sends Adrian Clayborn To Falcons, Cam Newton To Panthers

SB Nation's weekly 2011 NFL mock drafts have zeroed in on the Atlanta Falcons' biggest need, according to Falcons fans at least: another pass rusher who can some day take over for John Abraham. This week's contestant is Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn, last seen near these parts when he burped up Georgia Tech's entire offense the morning after the Orange Bowl.

The most common critique of Clayborn: that disappointing senior season. After being named a 2010 consensus All-American, his sack total fell from 11 to four in 2011. Of course, that's with Iowa losing two members of its front seven to the 2010 draft, including second-round LB Pat Angerer, so opposing offenses may have been able to pay more attention to the six-foot-three, 281-pounder.

Elsewhere around NFC NASCAR, the Panthers go with Cam Newton first (oh please oh please oh please oh please), the Bucs get Pitt DE Jabaal Sheard this time around, and the Saints take Illinois DT Corey Liuget.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.