Isn't real heavy handed and routinely allows defenders to get into his frame and shed rather quickly through contact. Has a tendency to get overextended in his lower half when trying to drive defenders off the football in the run game, causing him to fall off blocks.
Now, he does display decent lateral agility when asked to slide his feet in tight areas. However, consistently lunges into contact when trying to get into blocks and bends at the waist, failing to maintain balance and generate much power into his punch.
Impression: Possesses a thick lower half and has some natural power at the point. However, is heavy-legged and just lacks the balance to effectively stay on blocks in both the run and pass game."
Positive: Strong, well-built lineman who dominates the opposition when focused on the task at hand. Quickly gets off the line into blocks, stays square, and easily turns defenders from their angle of attack. Built low to the ground, blocks with an exceptionally wide base, and gets leverage on opponents. Displays strength in his all-around game, moves relatively well, and flashes the ability to block in motion. Gets his hands up into defenders, correctly places them, and easily controls opponents once engaged in a block.
Negative: Overextends and reaches into blocks, which affects his balance. Slow recognizing stunts and twists. Does not block with a nasty attitude and doesn E(TM)t always work hard to finish. Has been branded lazy by scouts.
Analysis: Claiborne has flashed dominance the past three years and possesses the physical build and the tools to start at the next level. He's a prospect who's gotten by on natural ability yet must show he's willing to do the little things necessary to make football a priority."
Started 11 games at right guard as B.C. ranked 39th in the country in sacks allowed (1.54). Paved the way for RB Montel Harris to have the fourth-most carries in the country (308) and the 10th-most rushing yards (1,457).
Thomas was named to The College Football News All-Sophomore second-team selection and was also an All-ACC second-team selection. He started all 14 games at right guard after making the move from the defensive line.
He played in several games and gained valuable experience as a redshirt freshman.
Earned Prep Star All-American honors as a senior defensive lineman at Wellesley High School ... earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors in 2005 ... was a three-time All-Bay State League selection ... totaled 45 tackles, including two sacks, in his senior season ... also recorded three forced fumbles ... played for head coach Bill Tracey ... also earned All-Scholastic track honors; placed sixth in the shot put (54-0.5) and eighth in the discus (150-10) at the 2006 New England outdoor meet.
Thomas Claiborne, born July 23, 1988 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Thomas is the son of Carolyn and Thomas Claiborne.
Strengths: Big, rugged and nasty. Really gets a push in the run game, especially early in games. Likes to drive opponents and plays to the whistle. Stays low and is a real road grader in the run game. Cut blocks well. Adequate in pass pro, and usually stones the bull rush.
Weaknesses: Not as fast as some guards. Not a great puller or edge blocker. Average in pass protection, and can be rocked back on his heels when he isn't focused or is caught off balance. Only a slightly above average athlete. Lacks versatility. Check out the shoulder injury...
Projection: 4-5th rounder because of his approach and run blocking ability."