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Weight: 190 lbs
Combine 40-Time: 4.50
With the fifth pick of the draft, the Bucs will most likely have to choose between RB Trent Richardson and CB Morris Claiborne. We know that head coach Greg Schiano loves to run the football. A talent like Richardson would be appealing. Richardson is also a three-down back. However, the Cleveland Browns may not give the Bucs an opportunity to even consider Richardson.
In fact, I'm guessing that the Browns will draft Richardson. That would make the choice of Claiborne very simple. Even with the low score on his Wonderlic test. Chris Landry of FOX Sports Radio was on the Steve Duemig show a couple weeks back and he talked about this situation. Bottom line, the Wonderlic is not an intelligence test; it's a cognitive thinking test. Landry gives excellent insight about the whole Wonderlic test process.
The Bucs also have first-hand knowledge about what to expect from Claiborne if they indeed draft the talented CB. Why? The Bucs hired Ron Cooper as part of Schiano's coaching staff. Cooper was Claiborne's position coach at LSU.
There are other reasons why the Bucs should select Claiborne. For one, CB Ronde Barber is no spring chicken, even though he is coming back for the 2012 campaign. Secondly, the status of Aqib Talib is up in the air.
The Bucs and Talib may not even have a choice in the matter (whether he is wanted back or released) depending on what happens with his court case for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which has been postponed again until June. An NFL suspension is also a possibility.
Yes, the Bucs did sign Wright as a free agent as well, but Claiborne is a talent a team can't pass up. Teams in the NFL can never have too many quality CBs on their rosters. Not in this pass-happy league.
The bottom line is, the Bucs need a CB of Claiborne's talent badly. Claiborne led LSU with six interceptions this season and returned one for a touchdown, and he also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.
As a kick returner, Claiborne averaged 25 yards per return and had one touchdown that went 99 yards.