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Morris Claiborne shocked that Cowboys drafted him

April 27, 2012|By Mike James
  • Morris Claiborne said he and the Cowboys "didn't talk at all" before the draft so he was surprised they picked him.
Morris Claiborne said he and the Cowboys "didn't talk at all"… (Mary Altaffer / Associated…)

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Morris Claiborne of Louisiana State was generally regarded as the top cornerback in the NFL draft, and the Dallas Cowboys certainly needed help in that department.

But even so, their trade to move up from 14th in the first round to sixth to get the talented LSU corner shocked Claiborne.

"I didn't see it coming in a million years. I had no idea," the Dallas Morning News reported Claiborne as saying after the pick. "We didn't talk at all. That's why it was so shocking to me when I got the phone call."

The Cowboys finished 23rd in the NFL in passing defense last season, but with Claiborne and Brandon Carr, whom the Cowboys recently signed as a free agent, that statistic stands to improve.

The Morning News revealed that there were some concerns about Claiborne's almost-unheard-of score of four out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test, the aptitude exam given to players at the draft combine.

Claiborne's response, according to the Morning News: "I looked at the test and there wasn't no questions [about] football, so I pretty much blew the test off."

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