LSU’s Morris Claiborne reportedly scores a 4 on Wonderlic test [updated]
Morris Claiborne is projected to be drafted No. 7 overall in a mock NFL draft by The Times’ Sam Farmer. Claiborne spent three years playing cornerback at LSU. Subtract the two numbers and you’ll get Claiborne’s score on the Wonderlic test.
There are 50 questions on the test, which is given to prospective NFL players at the scouting combine in February ... and, according to multiple sources, Claiborne got four correct.
These results, if accurate, probably reveal very little about Claiborne’s intelligence, even though that’s what the test is supposed to measure. Chances are, it actually measured just how much he cared about the test, how bad of a day he was having or something along those lines.
“All I know is that [Claiborne] was from a complicated defensive system and he flourished in it. I’ve never seen any sort of deficiency in him,” Claiborne’s agent, Bus Cook, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I’m sitting here in shock at what you’re telling me. ... I don’t know if he scored a 4 or a 40. All I know is he’s a great kid, he’s smart, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with everything about him.”
[Updated at 8:21 p.m.: Another reason for the low score could be that Claiborne has a learning disability, according to Greg Gabriel at the National Football Post.]
The Wonderlic scores are supposed to be kept secret, but somehow the juicy ones always seem to get leaked. Claiborne’s alleged score is thought to be the lowest since Iowa State running back Darren Davis racked up the same number in 2000.
Free agent quarterback Vince Young was said to initially have gotten a six, although he bumped it up into the teens after a retake. On the other side of the spectrum, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate, notched a 48.
Claiborne is thought to be the best cornerback available in the draft, and Farmer has predicted he will be picked by Jacksonville in the first round. If you think the Jaguars should pass on him because of an aptitude test, remember that the Miami Dolphins once drafted a quarterback whose Wonderlic score was 16, which is considered to be very low for that position.
That player was Hall of Famer Dan Marino.
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