Iowa's Clayborn opts out of Senior Bowl

2011-01-24T23:06:00Z 2011-01-25T13:10:40Z Iowa's Clayborn opts out of Senior BowlBY JIM THOMAS
January 24, 2011 11:06 pm  • 

MOBILE. ALA. -- Adrian Clayborn, the star defensive end from the University of Iowa and the pride of Webster Groves High, has declined an invitation to participate in this week's Senior Bowl.

Clayborn, whose sack total dropped from 11½ in 2009 to 3½ this season, had been listed on the Senior Bowl roster earlier this month.

University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker could challenge Missouri's Blaine Gabbert as the first QB taken in the draft. And he's approaching the pre-draft process like he has nothing to hide.

Locker is participating for the North squad this week at the Senior Bowl. He isn't shying away from questions about his decision to remain in school for his senior season. He stayed from start to finish at Monday night's Senior Bowl media dinner, answering questions for more than an hour as wave after wave of media sought him out.

Senior Bowl bits: Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Ricky Proehl is a candidate for a wide receiver coach job in both Carolina and Miami....For coaches who are out of jobs or those seeking to break into the business, the Senior Bowl is one big job fair. To wit, I sat next to Marlon McCree on a connecting flight from Houston to Mobile on Monday. McCree started nearly 100 games at safety for five NFL teams over a nine-year career that ended in 2009. He's talking to San Francisco and Carolina this week about an entry level position as a defensive quality control coach....For the third time in seven years, the Cincinnati Bengals' staff is coaching a Senior Bowl squad _ they have the North squad this year. (Buffalo has the South squad.) Some in the Bengals camp feel this is the most talented squad they've coached at a Senior Bowl....Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter, who was a teammate of current Rams running back Keith Toston in college, said Toston's nickname at OSU was "Baby Lotion."...There are some monster offensive tackles on the North squad, including 6-9, 315-pound Nate Solder of Colorado and 6-7, 327-pound Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin....Among the North defensive linemen, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Iowa's Christian Ballard both had some good moments Monday during one-on-one pass-rush drills.

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