LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, a player the Cleveland Browns are thought to be considering with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Claiborne injured his hand in the Nov. 5 game against Alabama, but played the rest of the season regardless, which has helped him rise to as high as a top-five pick in many projections.
It’s not known yet how long Claiborne will be out, but that shouldn’t stop a team from taking him so high in the draft. He reportedly ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his LSU pro day and, other than the news about his wrist, looked great in his drills.
The Browns have plenty of offensive needs, but a pairing of Claiborne and Joe Haden would make for a formidable duo in the secondary for years to come. That is, if the Minnesota Vikings don’t draft him first.