Atlanta Falcons: Projecting the defensive starters

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Adrian Clayborn – LDE

Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) celebrates after a sack during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ladies and gentleman, meet Michael Bennett’s clone, Adrian Clayborn. Bennett if you know played this position under Quinn in Seattle has been extremely productive. Clayborn is a proven pass-rusher, but has bit by the injury bug a little too often in his young career.

Clayborn will be tasked with manning the biggest weakness the Falcons had in 2014, the strong-side defensive end. Clayborn won’t be asked to play every down, but when in the game will give the Falcons a great rusher who can also stop the run effectively.