Ignore Morris Claiborne’s Wonderlic ScoreApril 4th, 2012
Yesterday the big news of the day, especially concerning the Bucs, was that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne’s Wonderlic test score was leaked (likely by a team hoping he slips in the draft).
Claiborne scored a four. That’s not good.
But the leak of the score has sparked unrest among many, largely because Claiborne has a learning disability that is well-known in NFL circles, writes Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com.
Schrager goes on to write that this learning disability did not hinder Claiborne on the football field — Schrager believes he is the best corner to come out of the draft since Darrelle Revis in 2007 — and Claiborne never ducked this issue and continued to go to class with the help of LSU tutors.
According to Greg Gabriel at the National Football Post, Claiborne’s disability — though not specified— isn’t a secret around the league. When he was recruited out of high school, it was made clear to the various big-time college programs courting him that he’d need academic advisors and assistance in the classroom once he selected a school.
After deciding to attend LSU, Claiborne didn’t fade away and let the rigors of the college environment swallow him whole. He worked with tutors and utilized LSU’s various on-campus learning resources to get the grades he needed to stay academically eligible and compete.
Claiborne’s time in college should be celebrated. Hell, it’d make for a decent movie. Local kid defies the odds, attends the state’s university, gets enrolled in the right classes and goes on to make millions starring in the NFL. It’s as feel-good a story as you’ll get in today’s world of college athletics.
Will this taint Claiborne in the eyes of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik? It shouldn’t. Claiborne has demonstrated again and again on the football field why he is a stud and is a no-brainer for Dominik to draft if he is available at No. 5.