2012 NFL Draft: Former LSU DB Morris Claiborne Endures Crazy Day

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 27, 2012

It's been a wild three months for former LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne. A loss to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game followed by unwarranted criticism regarding his Wonderlic score transformed Claiborne from a rising star to a lightning rod for criticism. 

The roller coaster continued on Thursday at the NFL draft.

The day started with Claiborne's name being mentioned on top of the Minnesota Vikings draft board according to NFL Network's Steve Wyche, ahead of former USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil.

Then, the dominoes started falling.

Cleveland traded with Minnesota to get up to No. 3, the Vikings selected Kalil at No. 4 and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers—another possible landing spot for Claiborne—traded with Jacksonville so that the Jaguars could take former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Claiborne was there for the taking for the St. Louis Rams, but Jerry Jones' offer was too much. The Cowboys offered the No. 14 pick and a second round selection to move up and nab Claiborne at No. 6. 

After several ups and downs throughout the process—including on draft night—it was a dream come true for Claiborne.

Claiborne—who comes from a family of Cowboy fans—told NFL.com that he was "shocked" being picked by the Cowboys, especially considering they hadn't spoken with him during the draft process.

It's a fitting end to a draft process that was a roller coaster ride for one of the SEC's elite players.