*On March 9, The Tip Sheet reported an unusually large number of draft prospects this year, at least according to scouts after the combine workouts, with varying degrees of learning disabilities that had been discerned by clubs either before or during individual interviews. The learning or cognitive problems ranged from dyslexia to attention deficit-type disorders. Nearly a month later, star LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, the top-rated player at his position, was reported to have scored a "4" (out of 50) on the Wonderlic test teams regularly administer to draft candidates. Even after it was reported that Claiborne is believed to have a learning disability, he was chided by many media outlets for the low score and, indeed, it did surprise personnel officials from many teams. But not all.
"It's something with which we're becoming more knowledgeable, and that we're going to have to deal with," an NFC general manager told The Sports Xchange late this week. "A few years ago, we were all pretty (ignorant) about concussions, and the consciousness level has grown there. I mean, I know it's apples and oranges, but the same thing is going to have to happen with these (kinds of disabilities) if they keep showing up."
*Speaking of Claiborne, The Sports Xchange noted several weeks ago that Minnesota officials were strongly considering the LSU cornerback, even though many pundits assumed it was a slam-dunk the Vikings would tab USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall selection, after Indianapolis takes Andrew Luck and the Redskins follow with fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III.
That apparently still holds true, Minnesota officials reiterated, even after the news of Claiborne's low score on the Wonderlic was reported.
The Vikings also have sent signals to other teams that they might be willing to deal down from the No. 3 slot, and Cleveland's No. 4 choice could also be in play.
The presumption is that some team desperate to fill a quarterback need could panic and reach for Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, arguably the prospect most likely to be "over drafted" in three weeks.
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