Morris Claiborne Player ProfilePosted: March 1, 2012
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Combine Height: 5’11″
Combine Weight: 188
Combine 40: 4.50
Bench Press: DNP
First Word: Claiborne is fresh off an excellent combine where he did everything right except get a 40 time under 4.5. His name is consistently referenced among the elite of this draft and he was one of the most electrifying players in college football this last season.
Read the rest of this profile after the jump.
Player Bio: Claiborne was a four sport athlete in high school where he participated in track, basketball, and baseball along with of course football. Claiborne was a three time all district athlete at both WR and DB and during his senior year in high school was rated no. 28 by ESPNU. After enrolling at LSU, Claiborne became a starter at CB by the end of the freshman season a position he never relinquished. Claiborne started all of LSU’s games in his sophomore and junior seasons. He declared himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior season.
Notable Achievements: As a sophomore, Claiborne was named 2nd Team All-SEC. During his junior season he was 1st team All-SEC as well as being named an 1st team All-American by every significant media outlet. In addition, Claiborne won the Thorpe award.
Projected Draft Status: top 5
- 9 out of 10 mock drafts agree that Claiborne is a top 5 talent and among the teams drafting in the top 5 both the Vikings and the Bucs are in need of getting better at the CB position. If Claiborne falls out of the top 5 it will not have anything to do with his talent or potential it will occur due to how teams value the position that he plays.
Other Possible Early WR Picks: Dre Kirkpatrick, Janoris Jenkins, Alfonso Denard, Chase Minnifield.
- Freshman: 7 Games, 7 Total Tackles
- Sophomore: 12 Games, 37 Total Tackles, 1 TFL, 6 PB, 5 Ints, 1 FR
- Junior: 14 Games, 51 Total Tacks, 1 TFL, 6 PB, 6 Ints
- Total: 33 Games, 95 Total Tacks, 2 TFL, 12 PB, 11 Ints, 1 FR
- Highlight #1 – Morris Claiborne vs. Georgia – www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWibDk73CAs
- Highlight #2 – Morris Claiborne NFL Draft Analysis – Oregon (2011 Season) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=okKi4F5qrXk
- Highlight #3 – Morris Claiborne vs Alabama 2011 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqhwZjCxjyY
- Highlight #4 – Morris Claiborne 2011 Highlights – www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hzI2BCNyI8
Claiborne’s Strengths (in buzzwords):
- Great natural athlete
- Electrifying with the ball in his hands
- Great Ball Skills
- Elite speed and quickness
- Fluid in movements
Claiborne’s Weaknesses (in buzzwords):
- Suspect Tackler
- Gives up occasional big plays
- Poor hitter
- Not a shutdown corner
- Questions of work ethic
- When I watch Claiborne in highlights memories of Deion Sanders are quickly evoked because of the ease in which he plays his position, it is as if he was born to play cornerback. He demonstrates a remarkable fluidity of movement in his game as well as a opportunistic ball hawking nature. Like Sanders, Claiborne is a suspect tackler, put simply Claiborne doesn’t like to hit nor is he much for wrapping up. Some have become concerned with the 4.5 40 time that he posted at the combine, but there are no indications of a lack of speed in his game film. Claiborne is not a can’t miss prospect because he is missing certain elements to his game, but with that said he is probably the best CB prospect since Joe Haden. Claiborne will probably be selected at #3 to the Vikings or at #5 to the Buccaneers, if he happens to slip past both those teams either the Jaguars at #7 or the Dolphins at #8 would be happy to gobble him up.
*This player profile was written by Ryan Craig of Beyond Football Madness.