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April 26, 2012

Claiborne says he did not take Wonderlic seriously because it wasn't about football

Morris Claiborne said he did not take the Wonderlic test seriously because it was not about football. The Cowboys' No. 1 pick reportedly scored a 4 out of the 50 possible on the test, which measures aptitude and problem solving. It was administered during the NFL Combine.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday night after the Cowboys selected him with the No. 6 pick, Claiborne was asked what he thought of the test.

The 22-year-old said, “I’m human. I had a problem with some of it. I didn’t let it get me down. I knew it didn’t reflect on how I learn or what type of person I am. I looked at the test, and there wasn't any questions that came with football. of the questions were not about football, so I pretty much blew it off.”

Claiborne said he was told the test would not have an affect on where he was drafted.

"All the talk that I was hearing about the Wonderlic is that it’s just not that important," he said. "Everybody I talked to, even coaches and all, they were like, ‘That test doesn’t mean nothing. That test is not going to declare where you go in the draft or nothing like that. So if they don’t have any football on there, I’m here for football, so what?"

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I took that test 10 years ago. I remember the questions being as simple as

You get seven picks in the draft give or take a move here or there. For all you so called Cowboy fans who have no scouting experience or coaching experience we have depth at corner and trade ability because of the depth. We acquired a DL in the 3rd another need addressed. 4 rds. left. To me our coaches have done a good job thus far which is the foundation for a better record this season. Yes I was frustrated last season but we still had a good team. We've added more youth more skill ,depth and still have picks left. Betcha 2 to 1 we address offensive needs as well. Everybody can't be born a star believe me some are made. Remember we do have 5 titles. Cowboys for life.

Considering the embarrassment this story must have caused this young man, I don't read too much into what he said. From everything coming out of LSU, Claiborne is a kid with a good work ethics and more than enough smarts to play in their relatively complicated defense.

I think the Cowboys got a great player.

Homer you must be the 2nd coming of Al Davis.

For those whining about our lack of pass rush just remember last year our corners could not cover anyone. Now we have the corners who are capable of shutting down receivers. Our pass rush just improved 1000%..... :-D

Wow!! I guess you people have to find something to complain about. How many O lineman do you want? We took 2 in the draft last year and signed 2 in FA. We signed a serviceable Saftey. We are developing Lissemore, Gathers, at D line and the draft is NOT OVER. I mean seriously stop your whining.

Giant red flag. Anyone who 'blows off' part of the draft process because they deem it too insignificant for their greatness..another Diva who will fail and spend time in jail. How long before we hear " I just cover my man, I don't need to study" ?

does anyone remember tony romo playing with a broken rib last year? how 'bout some protection for the guy? people like to talk about teams needing elite QB's to win. how elite can a QB be when when he is laying on the ground with a fractured rib?

I like Claiborne, but if you don't have a consistant pass rush then what do you have? Its our pass rush that is the bigger issue and you can have all the corners in the world, but if you don't have a good safeties...then its tough. We'll see what happens..but the passs rush is needed.

Rather have Jenkins than Scnadrick.

WTH??? After the season ended, everybody was like "We need a shutdown CB. Carr is OK, but Jenkins is always hurt and Scandrick can't cover any body". So the Cowboys go get the #1 rated CB in the draft and everybody's like "Another bonehead move by JJ!" I guess all the analysts saying that this makes CB an INSTANT strength out of a position that was a glaring weakness know nothing. I guess Cowboy fan doesn't necessarily mean football fan.

Only concern with his philosophy is "what else is he going to blow off because it isn't about football?". We have had a share of head cases and don't need another one. I hope he is as good as expected, because we couldn't cover our shadow last year! Doesn't matter how good our defensive line is if the secondary can't cover.

Let me be the lone voice to say I am not drinking the Jones Kool Aid on this pick. It might have made sense had we not just spent $50 million on Carr.

But we have Carr, Jenkins and Scandrick. CB was not a need. DT, OL or DE is what we needed.

We could have stayed put and gotten one of the quality DT available in the first round AND still had a second round pick.

But to trade up for a player we don't need? And I don't by the 'elite' stuff. He is 5'11" and runs a 4.5. That is not elite. The two CBs taken after are faster and bigger. You can't coach size and speed which is needed in NFL. And you don't need great corners if you are getting pressure on QB.

I took that test 10 years ago. I remember the questions being as simple as, "She ________ to the store." A. go B. gone C. went D. did

Wow. Just wow.

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