Morris Claiborne has been heavily criticized in his first two seasons, and rightfully so. The Cowboys gave up a very important second rounder to move up and nab the young Corner. The truth is that this is a make or break year for the LSU product and he knows it. The dreaded “bust” term has even been used a few times.
The truth of the matter is that Claiborne is a long way from being a bust. He played alright in his rookie year and last year he went through an emotional roller coaster. He lost his father and had a child all within the same week. Add to that the fact that the Cowboys decided to do a complete 180 on the defensive scheme and there you have it, a disappointing year for him and everyone else associated with that unit. Barring a major injury I expect Claiborne to make a huge leap this year.
Everybody is in love with Orlando Scandrick, they feel that he will be a starter opposite Brandon Carr. Not a chance. Scandrick is feisty and he is good in the slot but he is as far away from being a playmaker as a Corner can be. Orlando is going back to the slot and you can take that to the bank. The Cowboys need interceptions and their best option to get those is with Carr and Claiborne. Both of those guys are going to play better and I expect the back-end to be a strength for this team.
Morris Claiborne is not far removed from being a shut-down Corner at LSU against top-flight competition. He has been the victim of some bad luck and some poor coaching decisions ( he wasn’t drafted as a Tampa 2 Corner). With a another off-season with the scheme and time to get healthy, Claiborne is going to shine, count on it.