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#1 Cat'sGrowl

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

Morris Claiborne, #17 CB, Louisiana State University.

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Bio Blast: 6'0", 185 lbs, 21 years old.

Pro Comparison: Optimistically, he bares many similarities to Charles Woodson.

40 time: Lo: 4.36 Hi: 4.57

Player bio, per LSU website:

2010 Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)

One of the nation's elite cornerbacks who heads into his junior season as a pre-season All-America candidate by several publications ... Called by many as the best cornerback in the SEC going into 2011 ... Tremendous speed with shutdown skills and size ... Teamed with Patrick Peterson as a sophomore to form one of the nation's best corner tandems and arguably the best tandem in school history ... Coming off a 2010 season where he was a second-team All-SEC selection ... One of three LSU players on the watch list for the 2011 Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player ... Likely a candidate for the Thorpe Award, which was captured by Peterson in 2010 ... Has started 12 games in his career at left cornerback ... Will also handle kickoff return duties for the Tigers ... Outstanding all-around athlete who is a former sprint champion, quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back in high school ... In 19 career games, has notched 44 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010)
Enjoyed a breakout season at left cornerback and statistically ranked among the best in the SEC ... Started 12 games and did not play in the ULM contest ... A second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and league's coaches ... Led the team and ranked fourth in the SEC with 11 passes defended ... Picked off a team-high five passes, which ranked third in the SEC ... Finished the year with 37 tackles and one tackle for loss ... Was second on the squad in pass breakups with six ... Became the first Tiger since LaRon Landry in 2006 to post back-to-back games with an interception when he picked off a pass against Florida and McNeese State ... Recorded his first two career interceptions against Mississippi State with 57 return yards combined ... Posted a career-high eight tackles, including one TFL against Ole Miss ... Intercepted his fifth pass of the season at Arkansas and also tallied a PBU ... Shut down his side of the field against McNeese State with one interception and a career-best three PBUs to go with one tackle ... Tallied two solo tackles and picked off a pass and returned it 15 yards at Florida ... The interception set up a go-ahead score for the Tigers in the third quarter ... Also returned one kickoff 32 yards against the Gators ... Recovered a fumble at Auburn ... Made his first career start at cornerback against North Carolina and posted five tackles.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
Played in seven games with no starts as a true freshman ... Finished the year with seven tackles ... Began fall camp at receiver for LSU and moved to cornerback just a week into fall drills ... Ended up as LSU's No. 2 right cornerback behind Patrick Peterson ... Notched three tackles against Tulane and two tackles against Auburn.

HIGH SCHOOL
Outstanding athlete who had experience at quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver ... Rated the No. 28 athlete by ESPNU ... Named to the Louisiana Top 40 by SuperPrep Magazine ... Named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue-Chip list and the Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen ... As a senior, accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns as a quarterback ... Passed for 1009 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 1,023 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Was a three-time All-District selection at receiver and defensive back ... Also played basketball, baseball and ran track in high school ... Named Shreveport-Bossier Male High School Athlete of the Year by the Shreveport Times as a sophomore ... Won the 4A state title in the 100-meters with a 10.76 clocking in 2009 ... Coached by Lent Barsey.

PERSONAL
Full name is Morris Lee Claiborne ... Nickname is "Mo" ... Born Feb. 7, 1990, in Shreveport ... Mom is Opal Claiborne ... Majoring in general studies.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 8 vs. Ole Miss, 2010
Interceptions: 2 vs. Mississippi State, 2010
PBUs: 3 vs. McNeese State, 2010


Scouting Report, perdraft websites:
Pros–Good tackler for his size, plays the ball well, playmaker, versatile, can play anywhere on the field for four downs, excellent return specialist, not as impressive of an athlete as Patrick Peterson, but a great athlete nonetheless, excellent cover corner, instinctive…good length…great with the ball in his hands after an interception…no character concerns

Cons–Could add some weight to his frame….not elite speed but still fast…can get unfocused at times allowing a receiver to come at him and then quick move him and get behind him on occasion…willing supporter in run defense, but can be blocked out of the play by bigger good blocking wide receivers…

Why the Panthers should draft him: Because the Secondary could use an upgrade, plain and simple, though I'd rather go the FS route. It could use a playmaker. Gamble is having a career year. That said, CB is a lot like WR-there are a slew of other young talents behind Gamble, but we don't know if any are capable of taking on the mantle and becoming a dominant player. Don't get so attached to our players that you'd forsake an upgrade.
Claiborne has established himself as the best CB prospect in this year's class. For starters, he's tall-not as tall as Stephon Gilmore who could probably be had in the second round, however, he is also very fast. 4.3 fast. A good Corner who has been a cornerstone of the currently number one ranked Tigers' team this season. Would be a nice addition, especially if he fell past 12 or 13-where he would be a Nick Fairley type steal, minus the bumbling idiot appeal Fairley had.

Morris Claiborne Scout Video:


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#2 dc6738549

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

I think he gets taken before we pick but if hes there you take him. Gamble and Claiborne would be the best CB tandem in the league. I know people are going to say Captain and Butler are playing well and we have Hogan coming back but the bottomline is that if we want to get to the Super Bowl we're going to have to go through the Packers, Saints, Lions, Falcons, Eagles, Giants and other teams that have great passing games and a ton of solid WRs. In todays NFL you can never have enough good CBs. If Claibornes available in the first take him and go OLB in the second.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:18 PM

I agree. We have to go threw the Packers to get to the superbowl who have about 4 great wide receivers to deal with. If Hogan is as good as i hope then he would give us a great nickel corner to defend the inside. Claiborne and Gamble on the outside would be one of the best tandems in the league and Claiborne would just assume the number 1 when Gamble is not around anymore, we would be set for a long time.


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