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Following in the footsteps of Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl return man Patrick Peterson, Claiborne is set to become the second LSU cornerback in as many years to be taken in the top 10 of the draft. Considered to be the top overall defensive prospect in this year's draft, Claiborne opted to forfeit his final season of eligibility after he posted a team-high six interceptions during his junior year in 2011. The consensus All-American ranked among the national leaders with 173 interception return yards for the 13-1 Tigers, snagging two picks during a 19-6 win at then-No. 25 Mississippi State on Sept. 15 and taking one back 45 yards for a touchdown in LSU's 42-10 victory over then-No. 12 Georgia in the SEC championship game. His 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 47-21 win at then-No. 16 West Virginia on Sept. 24 was the longest by a Tiger since Eric Martin's 100-yard return versus Kentucky in 1981. A former receiver, Claiborne had 11 interceptions and deflected 12 passes over the last two seasons in Baton Rouge. With good size, quick feet and a lengthy reach, he has the potential to be a successful shutdown corner at the NFL level. A solid tackler on the edges, Claiborne can pack a punch at contact despite giving up some weight to many NFL receivers. Claiborne did not stand out with a 4.50-second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, but he did nothing to lower his value as the draft's top defensive back prospect.