Review Morris Claiborne's Rookie Season

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  1. MissouriCowboy

    MissouriCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Garrett and Henderson both remain very optimistic about Claiborne's future, while acknowledging that there are still areas in which Claiborne needs to improve despite a fairly smooth transition to the NFL ranks in his rookie season.


    Over the last couple of weeks, the Cowboys coaching staff - at least what's left of that staff - has been busy evaluating and grading their player personnel from the 2012 season. The coaches have spent a lot of time coaching and developing their players in practice, they have a good grasp of the potential of each player, and they've reviewed hours upon hours of game tape of each player.

    And while we won't ever be privy to the exact grades and the exact conversations going on behind closed doors, both Jason Garrett and returning secondary coach Jerome Henderson talked about their evaluation of rookie CB Morris Claiborne last week.

    Henderson thought Claiborne had a successful rookie year:
  2. The Natural

    The Natural Well-Known Member

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    I sincerely hope he takes a big leap next year, I wasnt all that impressed by his rookie campaign.
  3. Mattsdad

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    Based ONLY on this year, I say he was solid but not someone I would have given up a 2nd rounder for as well. Very early to tell, but lets keep our fingers crossed that by the end of year 3, he has developed into one of the top5 corners in the league.
  4. LatinMind

    LatinMind iPhotoshop

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    It good they "remain" optimistic. Would be horrible if they didnt after his rookie year huh.:D
  5. Eskimo

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    He doesn't look fast enough to be a shutdown type player.

    I hope we see more evidence of playmaking ability. He made one INT on a popup and picked up a loose ball for a TD which weren't particularly spectacular plays. The one great play he made in the Chicago game was overruled and then the one he made against the Saints in OT to force the fumble actually worked in the Saints' favour because Jimmy Graham recovered the ball.

    He was okay but only played like a late first rounder, not like a top 10 pick. I was quite disappointed after they hyped him as the second best player in the draft (above RG3, Trent Rich, Kalil, Tannehill).

    IMO, Wagner outplayed him by a decent margin and Brockers looks like a quality starter at DT that we could badly use next year. The trade also looks like a pretty decent failure at this time. He will have to fulfill his All-Pro type projection to make the deal worthwhile.
  6. JerryJonesMustGo

    JerryJonesMustGo Well-Known Member

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    He is not a revis type of player. Not as fast nor as strong as DR. Temper expectations.
  7. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Those expectations were set when the Cowboys front office said after they drafted him that they had him as the best CB prospect to enter the NFL in the past 23 years since Deion Sanders entered the league in 1989.

    What I am curious about is if the Front Office truly believe that or not. Not sure why would have said it unless they believed it.
  8. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Probably Lacewell flapping his trap.
  9. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Great season for a rookie corner. It's obvious how talented he is.
  10. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    I would argue that part of the reason he didn't look outstanding was due to scheme. To me he played at a starting CB level as a rookie. I wasn't worried about him very much. But he was drafted to press receivers and he was not allowed to do that this year.
  11. JerryJonesMustGo

    JerryJonesMustGo Well-Known Member

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    He is not strong enough to press NFL receivers at this point in his career. I have my doubts to if he can add mass and still keep his 4.5 speed.
  12. 187beatdown

    187beatdown Lack of Big Plays

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    Yeah, I'm not sure what everyone is looking at.
  13. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Revis wasn't Revis his first year.

    A lot of you are going to eat your own words, cause this kid definitely has it.
  14. JustDezIt

    JustDezIt Formerly sm0kie13 ROY

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    Exactly. Corner seems like one of the toughest positions to transition from College to the NFL. Him not being a liability in his first year represents just how good he can be in the future IMO
  15. The Natural

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    Revis "wasn't Revis" his first year but he still had a much more impressive rookie season than Claiborne, posted 30 more tackles, tripled the interceptions, and doubled his passes defended. You can make the scheme argument but like another poster said he's not big enough yet, he needs to add atleast 10 pounds of muscle.
  16. LatinMind

    LatinMind iPhotoshop

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    They also play a much more different style of DEF. Revis plays man. Mo played too much zone. We'll see how he does this yr.
  17. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    He could probably stand to put on a bit more muscle, but I don't think he's had many issues pressing NFL receivers.

    Also his game speed looks to be faster than his 40 time.
  18. jterrell

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    He is as fast with excellent agility. He certainly is no where near as strong and hasn't shown the awareness.

    But he was playing man press coverage as a rookie in the NFL. That's about as hard as it gets after QB.

    Anyone not impressed with him probably has a very limited football IQ.

    Now as to how improves and grows that is up to his work ethic and ability to learn.

    But there are 32 NFL teams that would love to have him including this one.
  19. Tenkamenin

    Tenkamenin Well-Known Member

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    Deion wasn't Primetime his first year as well, he had quite a few games where he was burnt toast. Corners tend to make a major leap there second year, there footwork and awareness improves greatly. Remember with Jenkins we were questioning whether he was going to beat out Scandrick, but his game elevated to another level after his rook year. Claiborne is going to tear things up next season.
  20. BIGDen

    BIGDen Dr. Freakasaurus

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    This summed it up perfectly IMO.

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