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PFW Claiborne scouting report

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    3. CB-KR Morris Claiborne LSU 7.00 5-11 1/4 190 4.44


    Notes:
    Has a son. Nickname is “Mo.” Played quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver as a Louisiana prep while also playing basketball and baseball and running track. Accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior quarterback and won the 4A state title in the 100-meter dash (10.76 seconds). Saw action in seven games at cornerback as a true freshman in 2009 after going to fall camp as a wide receiver, recording seven tackles, zero pass breakups and zero interceptions. Ended the season as the backup right cornerback behind Arizona Cardinals 2011 first-rounder Patrick Peterson. Moved to the left side and teamed with Peterson in ’10, leading the team in interceptions after posting 37-6-5 with one tackle for loss in 12 starts. Missed the Louisiana-Monroe game because of a concussion. Won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back in ’11 — posted 51-6-6 (45-yard TD in SEC title game) with one tackle for loss in 14 starts (12 at RCB, the season opener at LCB and once as a nickel back). Also returned kickoffs 22-552-1 (25.1), including a 99-yard touchdown at West Virginia. Team captain. Was medically excluded from bench-pressing at the Combine with a left wrist injury.

    Positives:
    Rare arm length (tied for longest among cornerbacks at the Combine) to hem and control receivers at the line — strong in press coverage and uses levers to reroute receivers. Maintains great positioning and is seldom out of phase — works the trail position and will bait quarterbacks. Plays on balance, can read through his man to the quarterback and attacks the ball in the air like a receiver. Has very good hands, ball skills and interception production — exceptional catching radius to extend outside his frame and snatch the ball. Is so smooth and fluid he looks like he is gliding in coverage — very good competitive playing speed (faster than he timed). Is a solid, controlled tackler in space and will work off blocks to support — leverages the edges, takes good angles and shows a sense of urgency in the run game, even forklifting smaller ballcarriers into the ground. Terrific zone eyes and awareness — passes off receivers and quickly recognizes combo routes. Versatile — has played inside and outside. Feisty and does not back down from a challenge — carries a swagger. Confident, competitive and instinctive. Has kickoff-return skill — sees the field, anticipates angles, makes subtle cuts and can go the distance. Solid personal character and work habits.

    Negatives:
    Has small hands. Tends to rise in his pedal (very apparent in Combine drills). Did not perform like an elite athlete at the Combine (clocked multiple 4.56-second handheld 40-times and recorded only a 341⁄2-inch vertical jump). Lacks elite twitch out of his transition and could be stressed by quickness in the slot. Is not consistently physical in run support — seeks to shoestring-tackle some big backs.

    Summary:
    A well-built, rangy, long-limbed, confident press-man cover corner with the ball skills, instincts, toughness and swagger to lock down No. 1 receivers in the pros. Makes the game look easy and should factor readily.

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  2. fanfromvirginia

    fanfromvirginia Inconceivable!

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    That is wn impressively thin negatives paragraph.
  3. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Honestly, those negatives scare the heck out of me. Hope that 4.56 was just wrong or a bad run... But that vertical isn't very good.

    And neither is a 9-10 broad jump.
  4. RamziD

    RamziD Well-Known Member

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    If his only negatives are measurables at the combine, then I'm pretty darn happy.

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