Basically, the article suggests that Claiborne's lack of intelligence has contributed to his lack of success. If our scheme is simple, then maybe. Do not underestimate the importance of being able to think on the field. Do not underestimate the ability to watch film critically and study the playbook. I have never heard of a 4 on the Wonderlic. He said that he did not finish because it has nothing to do with football. It was given to him at the combine by the NFL. I think that has something to do with football. From that perspective, the broad jump, bench press, and 3 cone drill have nothong to do with football either.
In fact, I was looking to find CBs in the draft that may be a little less athletic but make up for it by being cerebral. One is Russ Cockrell of Duke. I also like Kenny Ladler (S) of Vandy for the same reason. They were reportedly good students at very tough schools. That intelligence seems to have carried over to football.
Panther perspectives: Mike Minter was smart and it carried over. Eric Davis? intelligent. Chris Gamble? Not intelligent. Rarely did you ever see Minter or Davis making mental mistakes on the field. It was more common for Gamble to make them, even though he was (by far) the better athlete. I think Gamble scored a 9.
this has been debated before.
Claiborne has a known learning disability. The wonderlic is a timed test.
He needs extra time, and from what i have read from LSU and high school coaches he puts in the work and he isn't a dummy.
What some people are forgetting are the big moments where smitty showed up. That gets lost in the stat sheets. The patriots game, the dolphins game and even the playoff game before he was crippled and could barely run.
We better be damn sure a receiver is going to step up or we get someone that will. Cause our offense without smitty right now is gonna be a bunch of nobodys and unprovens. That's scary
I'm still not convinced that we're going to have a tremendously bad year. I mean, if we lose Mitchel and Captain, then we're going to need starters. But last year we started an undrafted rookie in White, had another play significant snaps, Lester, with a large dose of Drayton Florence, who graded pretty badly in the CB stuff. So I don't see people dropping 30 on us a game.
We were the #2 scoring D when our best CB was the much maligned (around here) Captain Munnerlyn. Mitchell brought a lot of confidence and played well. They still need to figure out a way to bring him back, but he might have a hotter market than we can afford. He seemed to want to come back so I wonder what the fair market value will be on his services.
As we play more of the what-if game, lets also consider that our GM knows a lot more about moving money, player evaluations, and everything football related. He helped to build a great Giants team that played very well once Eli's light came on (Elite?!? remember those comments). Add talent to the back end with cheap FAs (ditto from last year), a draft pick if there's some value, and see if we can bring Mitchell back for a fair contract. I still think we spend most of next season in the top 10 defenses.
EDIT: Oh, and I must include my prominent thought when talking about cutting and replacing guys. Where is the replacement. I will conceded to Snake that there aren't any real replacements on the roster, which is kind of scary =)
this is people just overreacting. every single offseason, especially last years. People freaked the fug out over moves, then it was proven they are the right ones. I'm reserving judgement until after the draft and FA to make up my mind about what kind of team this is. People also tend to forget players get better as the years go on. We started 6 rookies on the defensive side of the ball at one time and we were the #1 D for the majority of the season.
honestly i think the approach DG is taking is he's going to pay Hardy then we are gonna cut CJ within the next two years.
CJ will be pushing 30 and Hardy just turned 25. I think CJ is the better overall DE, but Hardy still hasn't hit his ceiling. I don't know the cap numbers but seems to me this will be the way we are headed with the line. Keep the line intact as much as possible because it is our best strength outside of the linebacker position.
Then you better leave little boy. TEs don't always mean WR. Only if they are converted to a WR. Which want happen. Besides he will be drafted long before he gets to us at 28. So need to worry. So good bye little boy.
i kinda agree with the op. You did get a great player but you already decent player but the upgrade on the offensive line would have been great. I know everyone love keek and all but this is something serious to consider.
Keek takes over games, those two players would not.