Every year, an atrocious Wonderlic score of an incoming NFL rookie is leaked to the masses and a mountain is made of a mole hill. This year, it's LSU's Morris Claiborne, a consensus All-American and the 2011 Thorpe Award winner.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio cites league sources saying Claiborne scored a four...out of 50.
UPDATE: 1:28 p.m. EDT
According to Greg Gabriel at National Football Post, Claiborne has a learning disability when it comes to reading. Schools that recruited him out of high school knew about it and it hasn't stopped him from succeeding thus far.
The junior cornerback and consensus No. 1 defensive back in the draft is also likely to be the first defensive player to hear his name called on draft day—that won't change.
At nearly 6'0'' and 188 pounds, Claiborne possesses a unique combination of coverage and playmaking skills that are second to none in the 2012 NFL draft class.
Often compared to his former college teammate and the 2011 No. 5 overall pick, Patrick Peterson, Claiborne has better coverage skills, but trails slightly as an all-around playmaker.
Like Peterson, he is expected to come off the board within the top five picks.
While his reported score is terribly low and a possible concern for some, he's not playing the quarterback position or being asked to diagnose formations like a middle linebacker.
Tim Kavanagh of ESPN brings up a brilliant point of how "important" these scores can be:
Re Claiborne: Wonderlic scores are so vital. Look how badly A.J. Green (10) and P. Peterson (9) did this past season!— Tim Kavanagh (@timjkavanagh) April 3, 2012
Claiborne is at his best when covering a receiver one on one in man coverage. He possesses elite hips and reaction time and is a former wide receiver. He understands the routes that are being run on him, and even has the sense and awareness to bait quarterbacks into throws at times.
Do You Care About Claiborne's Wonderlic Score?
While Claiborne's reported Wonderlic score draws a reg flag, it is hardly going to overshadow his body of work at LSU and his potential in the NFL.
Talk about it today if you must, but ultimately this isn't going to stop Morris Claiborne from succeeding at the next level.
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