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NFL Draft Report

 
By Joe Buscaglia
 


CB Morris Claiborne, LSU


Morris Claiborne, #17
LSU
6'0", 173 lbs., 22 years old
Shreveport, LA
2011: 51 tackles, 1 TFL, 6 INT (2 TD), 6 PBU
2010: 37 tackles, 1 TFL, 5 INT, 6 PBU
2009: 7 tackles


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PROS
- Elite ball skills. If there is one thing you could point to that sets him far and away from everyone else, it's his ability to track the ball, adjust his body and meet the ball at it's highest point better than anyone else in the draft.
- Great speed. Fluid hips that can get him out of his backpedal like a flip of the switch and keep him with the wideout.
- Good recognition skills when he's off-ball. Quickly leaves his man and gets to the ball carrier.
- Smart player. He sees a ball outside of the body and first instinct is to keep batting away.

CONS
- Could stand to add some bulk and strength to his smaller frame.
- Not the surest tackler. Bigger runners in the open-field have shown they can get by or through his tackle attempts.

Special Notes:
- Started off at LSU as a wide receiver, switched to cornerback at fall camp of his freshman season.
- Quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back in high school.

Projection: Top 10
- Claiborne is a playmaker of a cornerback that will start from day one. He can certainly stand to improve in some areas, but cornerbacks with ball skills like his just don't come around often. He'll go very, very early.

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