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Adrian Clayborn is not a 'Health Risk'

There's one theme in draft analysis I've seen over and over again in the past couple of days: the Bucs have made some high-upside but medically risky selections in Da'Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn. "The problem? Both have healthy issues. Best case scenario: Bowers and Clayborn are healthy to split time at DE" says The Big Lead. Bollocks say I. The best-case scenario isn't Bowers and Clayborn splitting time at DE - Clayborn will play right end and Bowers will play left end. 

But there's something I'm more worried about: pointing to health risks is spot-on when it comes to Da'Quan Bowers, but it couldn't be farther from the truth on Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn has Erb's Palsy - a condition he has had since childhood. This condition limits the range of motion in his right arm, and may limit him to playing right end in the NFL. For some detailed information on what it's like to play football with Erb's Palsy, check out Landlubber's article on the condition

Calling Clayborn a 'health risk' implies that he has an injury that could stop him from playing. But Clayborn has played football with this condition throughout his career, and it hasn't stopped him from being dominant. Clayborn has already learned to compensate for his limitations, putting in extra work in the weight room to get his right arm up to strength. The player you see on film in college is the player you're getting in the NFL. There is nothing risky about this selection, not in terms of health or injury. Sure, Clayborn isn't a spectacular pass rusher and his production dropped off from his junior to his senior year, and that's a risk. The risk doesn't stem from his medical condition. So why do people keep pretending it does?