Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Morris Claiborne does interception drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Views from the Loon: Introducing Mo Claiborne


As I sat there watching my very first NFL draft, I could not help but be excited for these young men.   They put in hundreds, no thousands, of hours training for a career in the National Football League.  Many of these boys grew up not knowing if they would make it out of their neighborhoods alive.  Well, they did, and here we are waiting for their names to be called.

In somewhat of a surprise trade-up move, the Dallas Cowboys, with the newly-acquired 6th pick, select Morris Claiborne, LSU cornerback.

Morris comes to Dallas from just across the border, Shreveport, Louisiana.  He attended high school at Fair Park, where he played quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back.  This 22 year old made a name for himself, quietly racking up the statistics, at Louisiana State University.  He decided to forego his senior season at LSU and declare for the draft.  It was a good decision, at first glance, as he crosses just one state line to get to the promise land, Dallas, Texas.

At 6′ tall, 188 lbs, 33.25 inch arm and 8.5 inch hand length, and ran a 4.5 seconds 40-yard dash at the combine, this man is more than ready to step onto the Cowboys field.  He’s not a flashy, media attention grabber like his “honey badger” teammate, Tyrann Mathieu, but he’s a hard working, ball hawk, who will give much needed speed to the Dallas secondary.

Reading about Mo, a nickname he’s carried with him for years,  makes me want to know more about him.  As I read story after story, it was reported that he scored a 4 on his Wonderlic test, but does that even matter?  The way I see it, as long as he gives it all on the field, does what his coaches ask of him, and continues to learn the game, so what.  I like what he does as a football player, and Jerry Jones saw something as well.

There will be much written about this new “star”, but let it be known this household is excited.  Defense is the key to making it to the playoffs and with a solid offense in place, the Cowboys just needed to fill a few defensive gaps.  Mo will compete along with fellow cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Mike Jenkins, and Orlando Scandrick for that starting position.  It will be  good to see the competition amongst these men; it’s what they need to push each other to play at this level.

It was a slick move by the front office to trade up to #6, I like the gutsy trade, and I like the choice.  Welcome to Dallas Mr. Claiborne.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft 6th Draft Pick Brandon Carr Dallas Cowboys Featured First-round Pick Mike Jenkins Morris Claiborne Orlando Scandrick

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