Do Tampa Bay Buccaneers See a Red Flag with Morris Claiborne's Wonderlic 4?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 3, 2012

Morris Claiborne didn't tear it up on the Wonderlic.
Morris Claiborne didn't tear it up on the Wonderlic.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Good grief, Charlie Brown, say this one isn't so!

Not that you want to give a lot of credence to intelligence tests as they relate to football, but the report we get this morning from alleges that the apple of your eye when it comes to draft-eligible cornerbacks, one Morris Claiborne from LSU, may have scored a four—let's repeat that, a four—on the Wonderlic test.

The Wonderlic test is given to these players as part the overall battery, and a perfect score is 50.

Maybe this is a case of Claiborne simply carrying on the LSU cornerback tradition. Last year, Patrick Peterson scored a nine. South Carolina corner Chris Culliver put up a 12.

But a four?

Terrelle Pryor, who no one would ever confuse with the Rhodes Scholar candidate, scored seven, former Miami running back Frank Gore boned up for his test and scored a six.

Before we get all huffed about about these 50 questions, go back in time and you'll see that Ryan Leaf scored a 27 and Dan Marino had just a couple of points higher than his jersey number.

Now, it's something to get excited about when your favorite high-pick draft candidate runs a 4-something in the 40, but a four out of 50 on an intelligence test? Well, that's begs this question: Do any of these Bayou Bengals actually go to class?

Let's take that back—going to class is one thing, common intelligence is another.

On the other side of the ledger, running neck-and-neck with a speedy NFL receiver is not rocket science. It's not like Aqib Talib will be a PhD candidate any time soon.

But a four?

On the opposite spectrum of Wonderlic scores, former Bengals punter Pat McInally scored a perfect 50 and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy got 43 of the 49 questions he answered correct.

Typically, the NFL tries its best to keep these scores confidential and they are given to the teams. However, there are always leaks and they seem to come at the two far ends of the spectrum. You get the great scores and the rotten ones.

So there's Mo, supposedly with his sparkling four.

Don't know if that affects his status with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All you know for sure is that Alabama fans will have fun with this one.