Sunday, February 26, 2012
Jags may be a few picks late for Claiborne
By Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Morris Claiborne is largely regarded as the top cornerback available in the draft.
The Jaguars may be drafting a bit too late at No. 7 to get him, but he’d sure be a great fit. Jacksonville has a quality young corner in Derek Cox. But veteran Rashean Mathis is about to be an unrestricted free agent and is coming off a torn ACL. Even if he’s re-signed and recovered for opening day, the Jaguars need their next starting corner on the roster.
Not long ago, Claiborne wasn’t even a cornerback. He said he was recruited to LSU as an “athlete” and teammate Patrick Peterson, drafted fifth overall by Arizona last year, convinced him to try corner.
He was quickly hooked.
Regarding the combine, Peterson told Claiborne to “go up and take over.”
Claiborne is an admirer of Darrelle Revis and rates himself a technician who funnels receivers rather than being especially physical with them.
He’d be a great piece for the Jaguars. But it may be difficult for him to get beyond Tampa Bay at No. 5.