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Morris Claiborne
Claiborne as a LSU Tiger during the 2011 LSU vs. Alabama football game
No. 24     Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
High School: Shreveport (LA) Fair Park
Career information
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 2012 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2012–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Championship (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles     81
Interceptions     2
Passes defensed     14

Morris Lee Claiborne (born February 7, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU) and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was considered by many to be the best defensive prospect available in the draft.[1]

Early years

Claiborne was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Fair Park High School in Shreveport, where he played for the Fair Park Indians high school football team. He was a three-star recruit according to[2] He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. As a senior he had over 2,000 all purpose yards and 30 touchdowns as a quarterback.

College career

Claiborne attended Louisiana State University, where he played for coach Les Miles' LSU Tigers football team from 2009 to 2011. After spending his freshman season as a backup in 2009, he started 12 games in 2010 and recorded 37 tackles and a team leading five interceptions as a sophomore in 2010, and was named a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[3] Following his 2011 junior season, he won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the year's best defensive back, earned first-team All-SEC honors, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

Claiborne was also a track and field athlete for the LSU Tigers, and ran the 100 meters in 10.76 seconds in college competition.

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

Claiborne was not perceived as a first-round draft pick prior to his junior season.[4][5][6] By midseason, however, he had drawn the attention of NFL scouts and analysts, having erased concerns his sophomore production resulted from playing opposite of Patrick Peterson.[7][8] Towards the end of his junior season, Claiborne had established himself as the No. 1 cornerback prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft, unanimously projected as a top-6 selection.[9][10][11] Claiborne scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test, which is an aptitude test given to NFL prospects to test basic intelligence.[12] After being drafted, Claiborne admitted he "blew the test off" (the Wonderlic test) after seeing that it had "nothing on the test that came with football".[13][14]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
5 ft 11⅛ in 188 lb33¼ in8½ in 4.50 s 4.12 s 7.01 s 34.5 in 9 ft 8 in 4

Coming into the NFL draft, Claiborne was predicted to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the number 5 pick overall or even the 4th overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings. The first day of the NFL draft was held on April 26, 2012. On the first day of the draft, the Buccaneers traded out of the 5th pick to the 7th pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars selected Oklahoma State University wide-receiver Justin Blackmon with their newly acquired 5th overall pick. The Cowboys then traded with the St. Louis Rams (who had expressed their desire to trade out of the 6th pick in order to collect more draft picks) for the 6th pick, and selected Claiborne ahead of the Buccaneers. The St. Louis Rams received the Cowboys' 2012 first and second round selections (14th and 45th overall) while the Cowboys received the 2012 first round selection (6th overall). Buccaneers drafted safety Mark Barron with the 7th overall pick.

Dallas Cowboys owner and G.M. Jerry Jones explained after Claiborne was selected that Claiborne was the only player the Dallas Cowboys would trade up for in the 2012 NFL Draft, but considered it a far fetched idea because Claiborne was ranked as a top 5 player in the draft with the Cowboys picking 14th overall. Claiborne was ranked number 2 in the Dallas Draft board right after number 1 pick Andrew Luck.[15][16][17]

Claiborne selected jersey number 24 and joined a crowded defensive back unit featuring former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins, Orlando Scandrick and newly signed veteran Brandon Carr.

Claiborne officially signed his contract with the Cowboys on Monday, July 23, 2012, just a few days before the start of training camp. Claiborne signed a fully guaranteed deal worth $16.4 million over four years (the Cowboys included an option for a fifth year if they desire) with a $10.3 million signing bonus.[18] There was no offset language in the contract.

Dallas Cowboys

Claiborne entered his rookie season with high expectations given that the Cowboys traded up to get him in the top 10 and his performance was generally not seen as matching the expectations. He finished the year with 55 tackles and 1 interception, though he was not targeted much by opposing QBs.[19] In his second season in 2013, Claiborne dislocated his left shoulder in the season opener, losing his starting job after poor performance while trying to play through the injury.[20]


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  11. Banks, Don (January 27, 2012). "Andrew Luck tops pre-Super Bowl NFL mock draft".
  12. Mike Florio, Claiborne gives birth to a four on the Wonderlic,, April 3, 2012.
  13. The Sports Xchange. "Clairborne admits he blew off Wonderlic". The Sports Xchange. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  14. The Sports Xchange. "Claiborne admits he 'blew off' Wonderlic test". The Sports Xchange. CBS Sports. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  15. Machota, Jon. "Cowboys Player Profile Series: CB Morris Claiborne". SportsDayDFW. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  16. Hawkins, Stephen (2012-04-26). "Morris Claiborne To Cowboys With 6th Pick After Trade During 2012 NFL Draft". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  17. "Cowboys Draft Day Three". Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  18. Eatman, Nick. "Claiborne Officially Signs 4-Year Deal Worth $16.4 Million". Retrieved 24 July 2012.

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