INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Morris Claiborne of LSU waits for his turn to return punts during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Morris Claiborne Has A Learning Disability

Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a four on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Combine. He also has a learning disability.

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Morris Claiborne Has Learning Disability, According To Report

Early Tuesday morning news circulated that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, likely a top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, scored a four on his Wonderlic test, a test of basic intelligence administered to players at the annual Scouting Combine. According to Greg Gabriel at the National Football Post, Claiborne has a learning disability.

Details about Claiborne's learning disability are unknown, but Gabriel did say that he understood it to have something to do with the young man's reading ability. Gabriel goes on to say that Claiborne has worked hard in spite of the disability, taking advantage of resources offered by the school for his classwork.

Gabriel does not expect Claiborne's Wonderlic score or his learning disability to negatively impact his draft stock.

The highest score possible on the Wonderlic test is 50. Last season, wide receiver A.J. Green scored a 10, and Patrick Peterson, Claiborne's former teammate at LSU, scored a nine.

Claiborne was the third pick in the most recent 2012 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation, and is widely viewed as a player that will be taken among the first five players off the board.

For more 2012 NFL Draft coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL hub.


Morris Claiborne's Wonderlic Score Was Reportedly A 4

At the NFL Combine in February, NFL draft prospects take the Wonderlic Test, which consists of 50 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. It's an aptitude test and every team looks at it differently, with some taking the scores with a grain of salt because they may not necessarily translate to the football field.

That's probably the way Morris Claiborne hopes teams view the test, because he scored a four, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing multiple sources.

Four is even lower than the six Vince Young supposedly scored when he entered the NFL draft.

So what does a low score mean?

It could mean nothing. Plenty of prospects have scored low on the Wonderlic only to go on and dominate at the NFL level. Wonderlic intelligence and football intelligence aren't necessarily the same thing.

It could also scare a few teams who were considering Claiborne, who is expected to be a top 10 pick. Some might view it as a sign of longterm issues in understanding the playbook.


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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Morris Claiborne Improves Bucs Secondary

With the fifth pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select LSU CB Morris Claiborne.

The Bucs are in a tough spot at cornerback right now. CB Ronde Barber is returning for another year so he'll be involved and CB Aqib Talib has been in some off-the-field trouble and has a trial date scheduled for June, which means the Bucs won't know his status for the upcoming season until after the draft.

Claiborne is extremely talented at a premium position so the Bucs are doing the right thing in locking it down now. SB Nation's Bucs blog, Bucs Nation, explains the pick.

After a flurry of high-profile free agent signings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have managed to fill a number of needs, eliminating a few prospects from consideration for their fifth overall draft pick. The team still has two major needs it must fill, though, as they need a new starting linebacker and a third-down back who can act as a complement to the limited Legarrette Blount. However, no linebacker or running back on the board would represent great value with the fifth pick. While Luke Kuechly and Trent Richardson are both terrific players, picking 4-3 linebackers or running backs in the top 5 seems like a thing of the past. The Bucs haven't viewed these positions as particularly important in the past, either, mostly relying on mid- to late-round draft picks.

Instead, the Bucs are more likely to select cornerback Morris Claiborne. While the Bucs don't have a huge immediate need at the position with Aqib Talib, Eric Wright and Ronde Barber under contract, the team does not have a lot of certainty at cornerback. Ronde Barber has had a great career, but he's been steadily declining for years. Aqib Talib's various legal problems have been well-documented, and it's not even clear whether the former first-rounder will be able to enjoy his freedom during the season. Add to that possible discipline handed down by Roger Goodell, and the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract and he can't be counted on.

All of this means the Bucs must find a long-term, reliable starter at cornerback at some point in the next year, and Morris Claiborne could easily fit the bill. The LSU cornerback is the best cover cornerback to come out in years, and could immediately start in case of an Aqib Talib jail sentence and/or suspension. Barring that, he'd get a season to learn the ropes with Ronde Barber as a mentor, before becoming a likely starter in 2013. Either way, the Bucs get a good, young player who could be a long-term starter at a position in dire need of stability.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Rams blog, Turf Show Times, is on the clock.

Morris Claiborne 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

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Morris Claiborne, NFL Draft 2012: Top Cornerback Holds Serve At Combine

Morris Claiborne didn't do anything particularly eye-popping at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, but he also met expectations to hold off his competitors. Both Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins also put together solid workouts across the entire day, but neither of them were able to blow away the other nor Claiborne. Jenkins was able to beat Claiborne in the 40-yard dash, but Kirkpatrick was not.

The three players were basically inseparable across all of the combine drills, meaning that Claiborne's stock isn't going to change at all. With all measurables virtually equal to his nearest competitors, Claiborne should be the first corner selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. He's currently No. 4 overall on Mocking The Draft's board.

For news and information regarding the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's dedicated section and Mocking the Draft.


NFL Combine 2012 Results: LSU's Ron Brooks Runs Fastest 40, Morris Claiborne Runs In The 4.4 Range

Tuesday is the final day of the 2012 NFL Combine, and it's the day that the defensive backs are running and doing their position drills. Some of the defensive backs surprised with their 40-yard dash times, while a couple disappointed. Guys like LSU's Morris Claiborne, who's expected to be a Top 5 pick, ran slower than most expected with an initial 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range, but rebounded in his second run with an unofficial 4.47 time.

Here are your best performers in the 40-yard dash of the early group. These times are unofficial:

Some other notable names who ran some rather disappointing times include Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, with a 4.51, and Iowa State's Leonard Johnson, who ran a 4.65. One player who's drawn a lot of interest because of his 6'4 and 225 pound frame is Boise State safety George Iloka. The former Bronco ran a 4.59, which is great for a player of his size.

For news and information regarding the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's dedicated section and Mocking the Draft.


Morris Claiborne, NFL Draft 2012: LSU CB Is A Likely Top 5 Pick

Morris Claiborne has not yet declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, but he is almost guaranteed to.

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