Morris Claiborne's Wonderlic score won't matter to Bucs
Let me start by saying the fact that the low Wonderlic score of LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was reported this week makes me uncomfortable – yes, even for someone who makes a living reporting information.
It didn’t seem to serve much of a purpose, other than to make the kid look stupid and to subject him to widespread ridicule. And the fact that he reportedly has a learning disability only solidifies my point of view.
But that’s not the point of this post.
Now that’s it’s out there and has become a popular topic of conversation, Bucs fans are talking about Claiborne’s score, knowing he could well be the Bucs’ No. 5 overall selection later this month.
So, here’s my bottom line on this: If you’re worried about Claiborne’s Wonderlic score, stop.
Is it a red flag? A very, very small one, if at all. He’s not a quarterback or offensive lineman, positions that require high mental capacities because of the heavy volume of learning involved. Those are the last guys to leave NFL facilities on game weeks because of their lengthy meetings. Meanwhile, defensive backs typically are the first guys out the door.
Furthermore, as it relates to the Bucs specifically, here’s the biggest reason you should not worry about the Bucs' ability to make an educated decision on Claiborne: his college position coach, Ron Cooper, is now the Bucs’ defensive backs coach. If Claiborne has any issues with grasping defensive concepts, no one is in better position to know this than Cooper.
If the Bucs end up drafting Claiborne, it would further suggest that the Wonderlic test is but a small and relatively irrelevant part of the draft evaluation process.
If the Bucs take Claiborne, they’ll do so with a very complete profile of a player Cooper knows well – regardless of his Wonderlic score.
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