One of the more surprising stores in advance of the draft related to the score generated by cornerback Morris Claiborne on the Wonderlic. He scored only a four, and after being selected by the Cowboys with the sixth pick in the draft, he spoke about the test.
“That test don’t tell me who I am and what [type] of guy I am and what kind of ability I have,” Claiborne told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via USA Today. “That test can’t drop me.”
In the end, it didn’t. And when he was still on the board at No. 6, the Cowboys sprang up to get him.
“They say it’s an IQ test,” Claiborne added. “I came to the Combine for football. I looked at the test, and wasn’t any questions about football. I didn’t see no point in the test. I’m not in school anymore. I didn’t complete it. I only finished 15 or 18 questions.”
Claiborne’s attitude toward the test underscores the role of agent Bus Cook in the outcome. It was Cook’s job to prepare Claiborne for everything he encountered at the Combine, and to get Claiborne ready for all aspects of the process — including the Wonderlic test.
By all appearances, Cook didn’t even tell Claiborne that he’d be taking any test that didn’t involve peeing.