2012 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Taking One Last Look at Morris Claiborne

Justin GibsonCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Morris Claiborne #17 of the LSU Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams are taking one last look at LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne before the 2012 NFL draft this Thursday, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Claiborne is expected to be a top-five pick in this year's draft, with the majority of mocks having him land in Tampa Bay. However, the Rams are looking at Claiborne in case he falls to them at No. 6, Thomas reports.

North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins has also visited with St. Louis.

Six Rams cornerbacks went on injured reserve last season, so it's not surprising that the team wants to stock up at the position, especially considering Claiborne's talent.

The Rams signed free-agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a five-year, $50 million contract this offseason, so adding Claiborne would instantly give St. Louis one of the top secondaries in the league. Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy will also return this season after missing 2011 with injuries.

Murphy and Fletcher were both drafted in the third round by the Rams—in the 2010 and 2009 NFL drafts, respectively.

The only negative reported on Claiborne leading up to the draft is that he scored a four out of 50 on the Wonderlic test. However, it was later reported that Claiborne has a learning disability, although he has shown a strong football IQ in his collegiate career.

Claiborne has good speed, tracks the ball well and possesses top-shelf athleticism. At 6'0" and 190 lbs., he also has ideal size for the position.