IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys clearly were not concerned about Morris Claiborne’s low score on the Wonderlic.
Nor was Claiborne, the sixth overall pick in the draft, concerned about the cognitive ability test that consists of 50 questions that must be answered in 12 minutes by draft prospects at the NFL scouting combine.
“I mean, I looked on the test and wasn’t nothing on the test that came with football, so I pretty much blew the test off,” Claiborne said.
Claiborne reportedly had a score of 4 on the test, the lowest reported score in a dozen years. The average score for NFL prospects is 21.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis made a point to publicly defend Claiborne's football intelligence after the Wonderlic score was reported.
“I’ve heard what’s out there about that test, but I also know the kid, who he is and what he did for us,” Chavis told ESPN.com's Chris Low. “We run a very multiple scheme. You don’t just line up and play in our scheme. You have to know what’s going on and be able to make adjustments.
“You have to be able to think and move and do those things, and let me tell you: I’ve coached a lot of great players, and Mo Claiborne had no problem picking up anything in our system and doing all the things we wanted him to do.”
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Claiborne's low Wonderlic score was "not an issue at all." He praised the cornerback's football instincts and ability to take coaching.
"We talk about the test scores, but we also talk about, 'What is his football IQ?'" coach Jason Garrett said. "He has instincts, he has vision, he has the ability to make plays at his position at an elite level."