How LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne’s alleged Wonderlic test score became a top story on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon remains a mystery.
Whether an NFL front office or team scout leaked the number “4” to reporters, or whether it trickled out some other way is unknown. But every year around this time it seems a poor score for an elite NFL prospect surfaces, leading analysts to discuss ad nauseam whether a player with a low score is worthy of a high draft pick.
This year it was Morris Claiborne’s 4 out of a possible score of 50. Last year it was Terrelle Pryor and his alleged 7 — which turned into a 21 when he re-took it. And it 2006, the 6 Vince Young was said to have earned ended up being a 13.
On Wednesday night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took a step toward eliminating the leaks when he issued a memo to all 32 teams that threatened “significant discipline” for anyone caught leaking confidential information gathered on prospects to the public.
Confidential information includes Wonderlic scores, personal and family histories and drug tests, which Goodell wrote “can be extremely damaging to players, clubs, and the league” when leaked to the public.
Whether Claiborne’s reported score impacts his draft status remains to be seen, but it all likelihood, it won’t be a factor. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green reportedly scored a 10 last season, and you don’t see the Bengals complaining about his football acumen now. Claiborne, a talented cornerback on LSU’s SEC title team, remains projected by many to be a top-five pick.
This is just the latest act in a busy offseason for Goodell, who was in New York to hear appeals from Saints head coach Sean Payton and others for their suspensions relating to the team’s bounty scandal.
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