When Morris Claiborne entered the NFL as the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, he was expected to become one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
Claiborne’s five seasons in Dallas were largely uneventful, and he didn’t make much of an impact in the Cowboys’ secondary. He didn’t play a full season with the Cowboys due to injury, and he only recorded four interceptions in his five seasons.
Claiborne signed with the New York Jets in the offseason, and he has lofty expectations for himself. According to Mark Cannizzarro of the New York Post, Claiborne has set some loft goals.
“I feel like I can be the No. 1 corner in this league if I’m healthy . . . when I’m healthy,” Claiborne said. “When I’m out there playing and I’m healthy and I’m on my game, I don’t feel like there is anybody better than me.”
Claiborne won the Jim Thorpe Award at LSU in 2011, but he has missed 33 of 80 games so far during his NFL career.
Claiborne acknowledged his career hasn’t started the way he planned, but he said he can make up for it with the Jets.
“I don’t care where my career has been, I will never quit, I will never stop,” Claiborne said.
The Jets are hoping Claiborne can replace Darrelle Revis and be one of the top corners in the league. If he can stay healthy, it’s possible he can become an elite corner. But he’ll have to play a full season in the league and prove himself as a consistent lockdown corner first.
(h/t Pro Football Talk)