6'0, 185 pounds | Cornerback | LSU
First word: The improvement players go through from their sophomore to junior seasons can be incredible. No one is better proof of that this season than LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Although he flashed at times as a sophomore leading LSU with five interceptions, he's a much more well-rounded player this season.
Claiborne has always been an incredibly fluid player with rare agility to move around and change direction. What has helped Claiborne's game this season – and propelled him up draft boards – is his technique. Claiborne is playing smarter and more controlled, which makes him arguably the best cornerback in the nation.
- Claiborne is naturally fluid and loose-hipped, allowing him to stay with receivers who rely on their suddenness to get open.
- Clearly has good natural size and long limbs to match up with taller receivers. Won't be taken advantage of in jump ball situations because in addition to his size, Claiborne times his jumps well.
- Displays better hands than most cornerbacks. That, added with his good body control, allows Claiborne to make plays on a lot of passes.
- Is at his best when he's playing off the line and can rely on his closing speed. Playing off also allows Claiborne to turn and run with the receiver, sticking on his hip.
- Although Claiborne has improved his technique this season, he's a work in progress in jam. Claiborne is inconsistent in his jam.
- Seems to rarely take a bad, wasted step, so Claiborne isn't prone to mistakes. He could get better on short passes, though. Claiborne likes to open his hips early so he can turn and run with the receiver. This can get him in trouble in a quick passing game.
- Claiborne makes up for that with a good burst to close on underneath throws.
- Needs to develop more strength to be a better tackler. While Claiborne doesn't shy away from contact, he's not a great form tackler. Has trouble getting off blockers.
The above information has been gathered from an awesome site for Draftniks: Mocking The Draft
2010 Footage but still does a good job of highlighting some of Claiborne's strengths.