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Claiborne runs unofficial 4.47 forty-yard dash

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LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is undeniably the top cornerback in this draft. He’s going to be compared to former teammate Patrick Peterson as a potential top-five pick, but there are clear differences between the two players.

Claiborne describes himself as more of a “technician.” Peterson, who ran an unofficial 4.32 last year, has superior measurables.

Claiborne ran a 4.47 and 4.54 unofficial forty time at Tuesday’s Combine. That won’t blow teams away, but it’s good enough not to damage Claiborne’s stock. North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins‘ best time was 4.44. But his 10-yard split was a a terrific 1.47, which shows the short area quickness that teams are looking for.

Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard, known as a press cornerback, ran a 4.51. ¬†Former Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris topped out at 4.59 and Iowa State’s Leonard Johnson’s fastest forty was at 4.65.

Once you get around 4.6, teams start wondering if the player can convert to safety.

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25 Responses to “Claiborne runs unofficial 4.47 forty-yard dash”
  1. We'reFineThere says: Feb 28, 2012 10:21 AM

    Claiborne and Honey Badger… Honey Badger and Claiborne… but not today…. today is Ron Brooks’ day

  2. Nikhil Balakumar says: Feb 28, 2012 10:21 AM

    if you can jam, get off blocks and tackle you can be a solid corner even without 4.3 speed

  3. waxthat says: Feb 28, 2012 10:21 AM

    whats up with linebackers being faster than corners these days

  4. raymondtx says: Feb 28, 2012 10:24 AM

    Claiborne is No Patrick Peterson.

  5. cuckflemson says: Feb 28, 2012 10:24 AM

    And Stephon Gilmore was faster then all of the above.

  6. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    I hope it hurts his stock, I want Carolina to take him. So he needs to fall. Captain Munnerlynn looked like his objective was to let the opposing team complete passes.

  7. regisphilbin says: Feb 28, 2012 10:25 AM

    Please fall to #7.

  8. beavertonsteve says: Feb 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    If they backpedalled half of their 40 it might be more relevant.

  9. lolb23 says: Feb 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    With the way the NFL treats PI penalties these days, I wouldn’t touch a CB in the 1st round.

    Even the best ones can’t feature their strengths once that NFL team logo goes on their helmet.

  10. thraiderskin says: Feb 28, 2012 10:35 AM

    how does one program get so many studs in the def backfield…

  11. Dixon's Dawgpound says: Feb 28, 2012 10:44 AM

    I think Claiborne or Minniefield would be a great pick in this draft for the Browns.

  12. emmac13 says: Feb 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    I think he is to short for the Browns to get because we have short Joe Haden. Not good to have two short CB with all these tall and strong WR. We need atleast one 6′ CB.

  13. EJ says: Feb 28, 2012 10:56 AM

    This years CB’s do not compare to last years group. Claiborne has the most potential, but is not a ball hawk. If you look at film on him, alot of his play was being in the right spot at the right time. I like Janoris Jenkins, but not enough for a top 15 pick. This year is about the WR, DL group.

  14. glazerh8er says: Feb 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    I wish the Bucs would man up. Dre Kirkpatrick is better. Don’t listen to the idiots that are wrong every year. Draft Kirkpatrick.

  15. chitownjeff says: Feb 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    I would love for the Bears to get Janoris.. if FLoyd is gone.. but if you draft Janoris.. can you get some guy from the Texas Rangers to follow him around every day and keep the hemp from following him.. Might sound nuts. but if this is the trend in sports.. maybe some of these unemployed sports marketing grads can consider a career in this..

  16. theshakeweight says: Feb 28, 2012 11:10 AM

    Joe Haden had over a 4.6 40 time. He is doing just fine.

  17. vegaskid21 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    I can’t wait for the draft, free agency, Madden 13, pre season. FOOTBALL!!!

  18. ruggyup says: Feb 28, 2012 11:17 AM

    If you give the Janoris 10 yard split why don’t you do so for Claiborne? You compared 40s but say only one 10 yard. Hmmmmm.

  19. houseofbacon says: Feb 28, 2012 12:26 PM

    Welcome to Tampa

  20. waltdawg says: Feb 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    Patrick Peterson wouldn’t let Claiborne shine his shoes….

  21. blargh9 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    Let’s be real about Peterson. He’s an AMAZING punt returner but was a very inconsistent corner back. Since we aren’t comparing Peterson and Claiborne for special teams contributions Claiborne could be the better cover guy down the road.

  22. dwatkins69 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:07 PM

    Joe Haden was injured at the combine. He had a good 40 time at his proday

  23. kahnsbushymustache says: Feb 28, 2012 1:13 PM

    Jenkins has plenty of short area quickness – that’s how you get four kids with three different women: wham, bam, thank you mam!

  24. bayoubauer says: Feb 28, 2012 1:20 PM

    raymondtx says:
    Feb 28, 2012 10:24 AM
    Claiborne is No Patrick Peterson.

    You’re right. As a corner, he’s better.

  25. swgiblin says: Feb 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    @EJ

    “Claiborne has the most potential, but is not a ball hawk. If you look at film on him, alot of his play was being in the right spot at the right time.”

    You just contradicted yourself. Aren’t ball hawks in the right place at the right time? That’s what makes them good corners, being in the right place at the right time.

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