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LSU cornerback Claiborne will declare for draft


Morris Claiborne may be the second LSU cornerback in as many years to go in the top five of the NFL Draft.

Claiborne will announce he’s going pro Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Some analysts believe Claiborne could be a better prospect than Patrick Peterson a year ago. No matter who you prefer, Claiborne’s draft stock should have him taken very early like Peterson was in 2011. Claiborne won the Jim Thorpe award as college football’s top defensive back.

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Defensive lineman Michael Brockers will also announce his plans then.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m. ET: Brockers will go pro as well, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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18 Responses to “LSU cornerback Claiborne will declare for draft”
  1. dccowboy says: Jan 12, 2012 1:02 PM

    and he may be the 2nd best CB on the LSU squad

  2. epmckenna says: Jan 12, 2012 1:15 PM

    Funny, all the analysts were talking about “Honey Badger” Tyron Mathieu, and he wasn’t even close to the best corner on the team.

  3. dasboat says: Jan 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    The Bucs draft at #5 and are badly in need of a CB…

  4. gosuhgo says: Jan 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    The Lions need to trade up and get this guy.

  5. vonmiller58 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    epmckenna –
    “Funny, all the analysts were talking about “Honey Badger” Tyron Mathieu, and he wasn’t even close to the best corner on the team.”


    That’s because Honey Badger isn’t a corner dummy, he’s a safety.

  6. lolb23 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:45 PM

    Detroit Lions love this player

  7. houseofbacon says: Jan 12, 2012 1:48 PM

    Welcome to Tampa.

  8. adantsa says: Jan 12, 2012 1:57 PM

    Vikings, trade down to 6 w/ the Redskins and take this beast!

  9. jackntorres says: Jan 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    Brockers with an S man

  10. granadafan says: Jan 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    He needs a cool nickname like h0neybadger to get attention.

  11. billsfanaddict says: Jan 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    a) does diff positions in diff packages
    b) started @RCB > LCB/FS/SS combined
    c) LSU’s website = “postion: Cornerback”

  12. billsfanaddict says: Jan 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    …..for those who dont recall or dont back-read I am referencing Tyronn not Morris

  13. jfreeisthebeesknees says: Jan 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    vonmiller58 –

    dude is listed at CB on both espn and lsu’s roster. he played plenty of nickel corner in the nat champ and got smoked.

  14. andyreidisfat says: Jan 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    Umm yeah @vonmiller58 while mathiue does play all over the place , to call someone an idiot because he said the honey badger was a corner is kinda showing u to be the idiot. Not only is Tyrone listed as a corner by lsu but at 5’9 180 he’d be a bit of a joke trying to play safety even at the college level.

    Claiborne is not only the best corner in tha draft but as far as being a cover guy he is better than Peterson. PP is just a much better athlete all around.

    Any team that gets this kid will have 10 year pro bowl type talent.

  15. jfox012 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:41 PM

    Not a chance in hell that this guy gets by Tampa at number 5.

  16. ugk612 says: Jan 12, 2012 2:49 PM

    Not sure what position Mathieu plays but, I do know that in the BCS title game Mathieu got torched and Alabama stayed away from Claiborne! My Vikings NEED to pick him! I don’t think they can trade down to #6 & still get him, someone will pick him before then.

  17. plum13sec says: Jan 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    this kid is not out of the top 5

  18. JackLeone says: Jan 12, 2012 5:19 PM

    “honey badger” was able to make the plays he made b/c of Claiborne. With a corner like Claiborne, “honey badger” could afford to gamble more….

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