2012 NFL Draft Results: LSU CB Morris Claiborne Selected By Dallas Cowboys With 6th Overall Pick

With the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected LSU Tigers cornerback Morris Claiborne. Claiborne finds himself atop the overall cornerback list and is also the top-rated defensive player and the No. 5 overall prospect, according to Mocking the Draft.

Claiborne is a dangerous player on the defensive side of the ball and as a kick or punt returner. Mocking the Draft has seen this potential and predicts great things right away for Claiborne:

For a likely top-five pick, it's incredible that Claiborne could be overshadowed by fellow cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. As a pure cover corner, though, Claiborne is better than both. The 2011 Jim Thorpe Award winner combines size and athleticism with a penchant for making a big play on the ball. The high school wide receiver attacks the ball in the air and is a threat to score after picking the ball off. Can be used on kick and punt returns, though this is where Peterson had the advantage.

Has the size, instincts and athleticism to be the first cornerback drafted and start immediately as a rookie in the NFL.

For more on Claiborne and the Tigers, check out LSU blog And the Valley Shook. For more on the Cowboys, head to Blogging The Boys. For lots more on the 2012 NFL Draft, please visit Mocking the Draft.

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