Draft Rewind 2012 – Morris Claiborne – Dallas Cowboys

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about MORRIS CLAIBORNE: LSU, 5111 188 4.45. Two-year starter who is quick to read and react to run or pass. He displays good body control with loose hips and is smooth and fluid in his movement with no wasted motion. Good ball reactions to play the ball down the field and in the air. Goes up at the high point and slaps the ball away. The top corner in the 2012 draft, he doesn’t get much attention to his side of the field. Can stick his foot in the ground and close suddenly on the receiver. Takes a direct line to the point of the ball with no false steps. A competitor who plays with confidence. In press bail technique he can press and play off coverage. Quick lateral movement and change of direction. Catches the ball in his soft hands (recruited as a receiver). Extends for the ball with his long arms. He knocks down catchable balls. Good adjust for a difficult interception. Good short area quickness where he can reroute receivers. Plays with good base and balance. Keeps position on the receivers. Tough minded in his play. Plays mostly man to man coverage, but will excel in zone the more work he gets. In press he plays nose to nose. Doesn’t lunge or overextend. Plays square to receiver. Quick learner with good football intelligence. Good ball skills. Will undercut a route and intercept the ball. An aggressive tackler on run support. Breaks down and wraps up, but will miss a tackle every now and then. He just needs to get stronger. Has experience at playing receiver in the slot. Will contribute on special teams’ coverage and returns. Had surgery on his left wrist on 3/23/12 to repair a torn ligament. 2011 stats: 51 tackles, 6 PBU, 6 INTs. BTR:left 4.54, right 4.55. OSR:20/35. First round, first year impact starter. (A-33 1/4, H-8 1/2, VJ-34.5, SS-4.12).

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