Claiborne runs unofficial 4.47 forty-yard dash


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.

25 responses to “Claiborne runs unofficial 4.47 forty-yard dash

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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..

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. @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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