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Claiborne with low Wonderlic score

4/3/2012

There's nothing like a little pre-draft drama.

Former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is the top corner heading into this year's NFL draft, but according to sources, he didn't do so well on his Wonderlic Test.

Pro Football Weekly first reported that Claiborne, who won the Jim Thorpe Award, as the nation's best defensive back in 2011, scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic. It was the lowest known result since Iowa State running back Darren Davis reportedly received a 4 in 2000.

Claiborne's agent, Bus Cook, said he hadn't heard about Claiborne's low score, which makes sense because the scores are given to NFL teams, but aren't supposed to be released to the public.

"I haven't talked to anybody about it. All I know is that (Claiborne) was from a complicated defensive system and he flourished in it. I've never seen any sort of deficiency in him," Cook told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. "I'm sitting here in shock at what you're telling me. And if it is true, how does that get out? I thought the commissioner was going to put safeguards on this information and there would be severe discipline if it ever did get out. I don't know if he scored a 4 or a 40. All I know is he's a great kid, he's smart, and I've been thoroughly impressed with everything about him."

If Claiborne's score really was that low, it might cause NFL teams and general managers to pause, but expect that pause to be extremely short-lived. They'll get in contact with the school and take things from there. The Wonderlic might be a cognitive aptitude test (one featuring 50 questions that have to be answered in 12 minutes), but its results haven't really had much influence on drafting.

Basically, Claiborne is entering the draft as a top-10 pick and he'll probably leave it that way. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper still has him going fifth to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"This should not have an impact. Not to minimize his position, but this isn't a quarterback, this isn't a middle linebacker, this isn't a guy that needs to memorize a dozen reads. He needs to react. Assuming he was fine in interviews -- and all I've heard is he's a good kid -- it shouldn't change the way teams view him. I will have him as the No. 5 pick to the (Tampa Bay) Bucs. These things pop up now and then and teams do a quick check, and they do their own evaluations, and they move on. Besides, not all teams trust everything they hear anyway."

That score wasn't great, but these scores mean little in the grand scheme of things. Vince Young scored a 6 and was the No. 3 draft pick in 2006. Dan Marino scored a 16 and was a Hall of Famer.

Are these scores a bigger deal for quarterbacks, linemen or linebackers? Probably, but at a position like cornerback, the past tells us that these scores have very little impact on how these players perform on the field.

Here's a sample of the Wonderlic. Good luck!