Morris Claiborne’s Struggles At CB Are Hard To Miss, But Not To Be Compared With Other Cowboys Of The Past
The Dallas Cowboys put a lot of faith in LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne when they moved up in the first round to draft him in 2012. Three years later, that faith has yet to be rewarded.
When not battling injuries, Claiborne’s on-the-field production as a starter has been every bit of bizarre, ranging from OK, to bad, and to the worst kind of ugly. He’s been toasted by opposing receivers, burned by quarterbacks, and mocked vociferously by the Arlington faithful.
As a consequence, fans have spent the past few months debating Claiborne’s rightful place in Cowboy lore. Is Claiborne, in fact, the worst cornerback in franchise history?
Hardly, though he certainly lands too close to the bottom for comfort.
While acknowledging Claiborne’s struggles, he’s never been accused of not trying. The same can’t be said for 1982 draftee Rod Hill.
And Claiborne hasn’t been completely unproductive, as was the case with the duo of Dwayne Goodrich and Kareem Larrimore from the 2000 draft class. Claiborne’s fumble return for a touchdown in 2012 cemented a Dallas victory against Philadelphia, and his fourth quarter interception last fall completed a franchise-best 21-point comeback against the Rams.
Oh, and Claiborne tackles better than Deion Sanders too. But, then again, I guess just about everybody does.