MorrisClaiborne

Morris Claiborne

Position CB School LSU
Height 5' 11 1/8" Weight 188 lbs
Class Junior Number
All-Star --- 40 Time ---

2011


Summary

Long-armed corner with excellent short area quickness.  Aligned at left corner, right corner, and nickel for LSU, primarily playing the outside positions.  Excelled as a kick returner and played on the kickoff team.  A former wide receiver, he is excellent at playing the ball in the air and is electrifying with the ball in his hands.  A man-to-man cover corner who primarily plays “off-man” coverage and “trail” coverage.  Plays to lure the quarterback by trailing receivers or by playing slightly out of position in order to bait a throw – immediately breaking on the ball once it’s in play.  Not an overly physical player at this point, so he does not project to the nickel spot in the NFL.

Strengths

Loose hips, excellent burst and closing speed, and can run with any wide receiver.  Mirrors very well in coverage and picks up on receivers’ tendencies.  Does not press much at the line of scrimmage, but when he decides to, he exhibits a fluid, quick jab that immediately disrupts the release of the receiver – although he does not use this technique nearly enough.  Shows the awareness to pattern-read and pass players off while staying in-phase to the receiver he is picking up.  Overall, does an excellent job of staying in-phase during coverage, using his off hand to feel where the receiver is while playing the ball in the air.  Excellent ball skills – competes for position, showcases the ability to high point the ball in traffic, and can make difficult interceptions.

Weaknesses

Not physical and almost appears disinterested in contact.  Occasionally sent on blitzes from the nickel, but did not do so aggressively.  Does not fight through blocks in the run or screen game.  Too often gives free releases to receivers off the line of scrimmage.  Can be baited by double moves and will occasionally loose his footing and slip.  Not a willing tackler.  Can he prevent yardage after the catch from physical NFL receivers?  Will get over-aggressive when fighting for position, making contact downfield – while this is legal in college (as long as the ball has not yet been thrown), he will need to be careful about not drawing illegal contact penalties in the NFL.  Was not asked to play much zone.