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Claiborne Further Shows Weakness

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    Mo Claiborne was a college star on one of the best defenses in the country in the best conference in the country when he came out of LSU.

    Since the Dallas Cowboys traded away their No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks to trade up and take Claiborne, it's been nothing but downhill for him. That trend came to a massive head on Tuesday afternoon when Claiborne left the team facility and skipped the team's walk-through after he was told he had lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick, who was a starter last season and missed the first two games of the year because of an overturned drug suspension.

    What Claiborne clearly didn't understand after a horrible game on Sunday was that even though he got benched in favor of the guy everyone saw as the team's starter, he was still going to play a ton of snaps against the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys will likely be in their nickel package for the majority of the night, meaning Claiborne would've likely seen almost as much time on the field as Scandrick and Brandon Carr.

    Now, that's a huge question mark after Tuesday's turn of events.

    I'm not a big proponent of the Wonderlic test given to draft prospects. In fact, I think it's pretty silly. But the fact Claiborne up and walked out without finishing the test says a lot about his mental fortitude and character. His game's weakness is apparently matched by his mental weakness, and it seems unlikely the Cowboys will trust him with much of anything after his performance Sunday and this latest off-field issue.

    Welcome to the fold, Sterling Moore.