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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wonderlic only part of Bucs' puzzle

By Pat Yasinksas

TAMPA, Fla. -- As you might have expected, Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik wasn’t tipping off his draft plans when he met with the media Thursday afternoon. But Dominik did address a few questions about an issue that’s been talked about a lot among Tampa Bay fans.

There’s been wide-spread media speculation that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne could be Tampa Bay’s choice as the No. 5 overall pick. But numerous reports that said Claiborne had a low Wonderlic score have some fans suggesting the Bucs may go in a different direction. The Wonderlic test is given to all players who attend the scouting combine and it supposed to provide a gauge on intellect.

Dominik said the Buccaneers put some stock into Wonderlic scores, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle.

“To me, it is all about the relevance of what the player does,’’ Dominik said. “How does he learn the position? How much can he retain? How much can he regurgitate when you have a chance to sit with him one-on-one, whether it is at the combine or (during) individual visits."

There’s no doubt the Bucs have spent time with Claiborne and, like other teams, they probably have spent time talking to his former coaches and teammates.

“You have to know the entire picture of it and make sure you get an accurate understanding of the Wonderlic score and how it correlates to any individual player,’’ Dominik said.

But Dominik wouldn’t go into detail about what the Buccaneers think of Claiborne. We might get an answer on that -- one way or another -- if Claiborne is available when the Bucs make their pick next week.