LSU’s Morris Claiborne Scored 4 Out Of 50 On The Wonderlic Test
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is currently the top ranked defensive back in this year’s NFL Draft, and apparently those high praises have everything to do with his talent and athleticism, and nothing to do with his intelligence. At least that is what we are left to believe after hearing that he scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test administered to prospects at the NFL combine in February.
The test is used to measure the cognitive ability of players, as they are expected to answer 50 questions in 12 minutes. Scores weigh the difficulty of questions and the pattern of answers, and not necessarily the number of correct answers. Claiborne’s score of four is the lowest Wonderlic score since Iowa State running back Darren Davis scored a four of his own back in 2000.
So how will this score affect Claiborne? It should make him a lightning rod for criticism and plenty of cheap jokes, but we don’t expect it to affect his draft stock in the slightest bit. After all, he did play in a complex, NFL-style defensive scheme at LSU, and flourished in it. And besides, cornerback are usually required to be one of the most athletic players on the field. Not one of the smartest.
Opposing wide receivers can try to out-smart Claiborne all they like, but when it comes to playing man coverage, if they can’t out-run him, the team that drafts the Jim Thorpe Award winner will have nothing to worry about.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]