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Morris Claiborne

Morris Claiborne - #17 - CB-KR

Height: 5-11 1/4
Weight: 190
Speed: 4.44
Arm: 33 1/4
Hand: 8 1/2
Wingspan: 77
Birthdate: 02/07/1990
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Grade: 7.00

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/22/2012 LSU Pro Day 5-11 1/4 190 8 3/8 32 5/8 77 4.45 9'9" 35
02/29/2012 Combine 5-11 1/8 188 8 1/2 33 1/4 77 4.54 9'10" 34 1/2 4.12 11.44 7.01
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 185 4.40

 

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.  


Morris Claiborne's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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