Surgery, 4.39 Speed For Morris Claiborne

March 24th, 2012

Oh, no! Blue chip former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne needed surgery on a wrist ligament yesterday, one that plagued him for much of the 2011 season. Might this scare the Bucs from drafting him?

In this Times-Picayune video below, you can watch Claiborne describe the injury, smile when asked about playing for the Buccaneers, and explain how good he felt running a 4.39 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.

29 Responses to “Surgery, 4.39 Speed For Morris Claiborne”

  1. Jerry Says:

    Morris Claiborne ?

  2. Brad Says:

    Surgery is a non issue. Bucs will draft him if he’s still there at 5.

  3. deminion Says:

    hope we get em

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    If the injury is as minor as it appears, it’s no different than the minor scope on T Rich’s knee. All college players have injuries, some you hear about, some you don’t.

    It’s between Claiborne and Richardson at #5.

  5. Tommy Boy Says:

    I think he will be gone. I just hope we don’t end up with Kalil. Our o-line is beastly. Richardson or Blackmon if you can’t trade down and Claiborne is gone.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    Of course, they could always surprise us and take Kuechly at 5.

  7. Mr Lucky Says:

    Josh Johnson signs with 49ers……Joe just gets scooped!

  8. deminion Says:

    Claiborne!!! he has great character hope he is there at 5 seems like a good kid

  9. Mr Lucky Says:

    After spending three seasons together at the University of San Diego from 2004-06, the kindred spirits reunited Thursday when Johnson signed a two-year deal with the 49ers after spending his first four NFL seasons as a backup in Tampa Bay. Johnson, 25, is expected to battle Colin Kaepernick for the backup spot behind Alex Smith. He said the specifics of his future role weren’t discussed prior to his signing, but he believes his bottom-line coach will give him a chance to play if he earns the right.

    “I know coach has never shot me wrong before,” Johnson said. “I know it’s all about hard work with him and getting it done on the field. And I know coming here, that’s what it’s going to be all about. And that’s the kind of guy I am. I like to prove it on the field.”

    Read more:

    Damn we really could use Tim Tebow now!!!!!

  10. Brandon Says:

    I can’t believe we still have fossils thinking that drafting Richardson at #5 would be a good idea. He IS NOT special. Adrian Peterson was special. Big, powerful, extremely fast. Richardson is just powerful. There’s a big difference between the electronically timed 4.38 Peterson ran at the Combine and the 4.45-4.55 hand time Richardson will run. He just isn’t THAT good. He’s very good, but certainly not elite.

    As for Claiborne and his 4.39… again, hand timed. His true time is the 4.47 he put up at the combine. It’s THAT big of a difference. He’s plenty fast but let’s not get caught up in the hand timed numbers. Add .05-.1 to hand times to determine what they would run electronically.

    The man the Bucs should be focusing on is Luke Kuechly. #5 is a tad too high to take an ILB so trading down with the Dolphins, who would likely want to move up to take Justin Blackmon or Ryan Tannehill at #5.. or Seattle might want Blackmon. Either way, we should net at the very least an additional 3rd round pick and be in position to get value when we take the QB for the Bucs D for the next 10-15 seasons.

  11. Macabee Says:

    IF Claiborne is there at #5, I think the Bucs will take him – guaranteed if the Talib case doesn’t turn out well. If Claiborne is not and Kalil is, then the Bucs are assured of their choice of a trade partner because their will be many.

    I don’t envy having to make the decision to pass on a premium LT, but I don’t see how they could take him with the dollars already invested in the O-line. Stranger things have happened. However, with the number of sacks on the Viking QBs last year, I don’t see how they could pass up Kalil.

    If both Kalil and Claiborne are gone and their is no trade partner, Richardson is the most likely choice, which I won’t have a problem with under whatever circumstances he is chosen.

    This is one of those situations, no matter how it turns out, the Bucs get much better!

  12. stevek Says:

    Claibourne to Browns.

    Richardson to Bucs.

  13. deminion Says:

    im not on the Kuechly bandwagon reasons are is he stout against the run? does he make plays behind the line? can he shed blocks? is he a feared MLB? he certainly isnt a thumper he is not ray lewis patrick willis or brian urlacher cn he blitz?

  14. Pewter_Power Says:

    Why do so many people think the Browns will take Claiborne. Just two years ago they used their first and second round picks on defensive backs (Joe Haden and TJ Ward) they had the number two ranked pass defense in the league last year and with has many holes as they have through out their roster why would they use the fourth overall pick to address an area where they are pretty solid at? They have already publicly said their goal in the draft is to upgrade the offensive talent around Colt McCoy. They definetly take Blackmon or Richardson, more than likely Blackmon.

  15. Steve Bucs Fan Says:


    It seems you are 2 days behind the rest of the world. Joe already reported that Josh Johnson is with San Francisco. It’s still on the front page.

  16. DAN Says:

    mr lucky, that is called Hubris. … sometimes the mightier you puff up your chest the funnier you are when you fall. hahaha

  17. Bobby Says:

    So….do you still feel lucky??….Well…do ya punk??!?

  18. jarrett Says:

    carolina will trade up with the browns and get claiborne, Browns will then take richardson at 9. Everyone knows we want him so look for them to trade ahead of us to get him.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    Dirty Harry, yeah.

  20. Kujolw84 Says:

    If Claiborne is gone were trading down and gaining picks to create depth . There’s some good CB’s and RB’s out there we can pick up in the second or the third rounds. I just don’t believe all the hype with T.Richardson not saying he isn’t good just not worth a #5 spot. I’d like to see us drop back twice in the first. Let someone like Jacksonville or Miami move up then trade back down to Kansas City or Seattle and take Luke Kuechly at 11 or 12.

  21. Bobby Says:

    @Jarrett…????????????? NOBODY is going to trade up to take a CB. Won’t happen.

  22. js1506 Says:

    Claiborne is our pick…

  23. patrickbucs Says:

    bucfanjeff Says:

    March 24th, 2012 at 8:57 am
    If the injury is as minor as it appears, it’s no different than the minor scope on T Rich’s knee. All college players have injuries, some you hear about, some you don’t.

    It’s between Claiborne and Richardson at #5.

    well said bucsfanjeff: this could be a minimally invasive surgery that would keep him out 1-3 weeks maybe if this was the regular season. Much rather have a wrist issue then a knee anyday. I think Clairborne is the pick if he’s there..

  24. AlexBucsFan Says:

    Can someone answer this question for me? Why did the guy at the end of the video say it “would be ironic” to get drafted by the Bucs?

  25. Lion Says:

    Claiborne will be there and there is not question about it and he will be called @ #5 by the Bucs. The top 3 picks are set in stone, Matt Kalil going to the Vikings is just as guaranteed as RG3 going to the ‘Skins. That leaves only the Browns in front of us and there is a %99.99 chance, hell make that %100 that they will be going offense between (Richardson, Blackmon, Tannehill). That leaves us with Claiborne falling right into our lap and he will be the pick. There is no question in my mind that he is the best NFL ready player in this entire draft. He has the potential to be a pro bowler as a rookie.

  26. Lion Says:


    Most likely because his DB coach @ LSU (Ron Cooper) is now the DB coach for the Bucs.

  27. K1ngAdroc Says:

    Seems like a really good kid. Cant wait to watch Claiborne raise his Bucs jersey on Draft day!

  28. Marques Says:

    With the fifth selection in the draft the bucs select Dontari Poe.

    UNLESS they trade down and then take Luke Kuechly.

    Don’t waste a high draft pick on a corner.

    I’m sure there is another corner in the SEC that cooper has his eyes on in later rounds.

    I’m sure we will draft at least one tar heel this year too courtesy of Butch

  29. BucBuckeye Says:

    Hmm…a 4.39 at his home field…but a 4.50 at Indy?

    I think you go with 4.50 and remind yourself that he will be on an island…playing a lot of man cover…and you pick Trent

    And get a LB in round 2 that reminds you a lot of Barrett Ruud.