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Q & A Session

!Claiborne was one of the players at the draft in New York City.

On if he had any indications that the Dallas Cowboys were that interested in him to move up to get him:
Claiborne: I had none whatsoever. I didn't see it coming in a million years. I had no idea.
On what his initial reaction was after being selected by the Cowboys:
Claiborne: I looked back at my family, and they were like, 'Who is it?' And I was like, 'The Cowboys.' Just to see the look on their face, it's just melted me because all of those guys are Cowboys fans. Real big Cowboys fans.

On what his interaction with the team was before the draft:
Claiborne: We didn't talk. None. Not at all. That's why I was so shocked when I got the phone call.

On if he talked to the Cowboys at the NFL Combine:
Claiborne: No sir.

On if he was a Cowboys fan growing up too:
Claiborne: Yes. My whole household was Cowboys fans, so I had no choice but to root for them.

On how much he knows about the team's defense, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the changes they've made to improve this season:
Claiborne: I know it's big. I know they sacrificed a lot to come up (in a draft trade) and get me, but I feel like I'm worth it. I know my talents, I know what I'm able to do and I feel like I can come in right away and get with the team and learn the system and compete.

On what the Cowboys told him on the phone:
Claiborne: They just called and asked me if I wanted to become a Cowboy and I was like, 'Yes sir.' And they were like, 'If this trade goes through, and we get a deal, we're going to take you.' I know what kind of guy they're looking for. I know they want me to come in and play right away and be that lockdown guy and I feel like in the right hands, in which I am, I can come in and I can do that.

On if he feels comfortable on one side or the other as a cornerback:
Claiborne: It really doesn't matter. I can play both sides.

On if he feels comfortable to play in the slot:
Claiborne: Yes, I can play that also.

On what he thinks he can accomplish at the pro level, especially as a rookie:
Claiborne: I feel like I can come in right away. I feel like I can learn the system fast. I feel like I can get out and start playing and get around my teammates and compete and earn those guys' trust and let those guys know that, 'Hey I'm here. I'm here with the team. I'm all for the team and I'm ready to go.'

On how excited he is about facing all the good quarterbacks on the Cowboys schedule next year:
Claiborne: I'm very excited. Where I come from, you want top-notch competition. You want to play the best in order to be the best, so I'm looking forward to those things.

On who he considers the top cornerback in the NFL right now and if he feels he has the talent to put himself on that level:
Claiborne: Right now, I'd have to say (Darrelle) Revis. He's on that level where not too many of the guys are doing the things that he's doing and I believe I can be that type of player also.

On if he thought there was any particular team that was going to pick him in the top-10:
Claiborne: I really didn't know. I was hearing anything from Minnesota to Tampa. In the back of my mind I knew that nothing was set in stone, no matter how many mock drafts come out. Nothing is set in stone. Trades come up and down by the minute. So I really didn't know, but I was just going by what I was hearing and that was Tampa or Minnesota.

On if he started to get nervous after the first five picks went by and he wasn't selected:
Claiborne: No, I wasn't nervous. I think at the end of the fourth pick when it was coming up, that's when I was on the phone with Mr. (Jerry) Jones. So I was talking to him. When he said he was going to pick me I knew right then and there I knew I was going to be drafted. I knew I was going to be doing what I dreamed I'd be doing and that's playing football. So I had no problems with it. I had no problems whatsoever. It could have been how many picks they wanted to take and then you called and told me I was going to be drafted.

On if he's talked to Rob Ryan yet:
Claiborne: Yes sir. He was excited himself about getting me down (to Dallas).

On what his best attributes as a cornerback are:
Claiborne: I believe it's just being able to stay in front of receivers; get physical at the line; attack the ball at its highest point; don't wait for it to come down to you; and being able to run with the receivers and not afraid to come up and tackle if needed.

On if he can make the same type of impact as a returner on special teams similar to former LSU player and current Arizona Cardinal Patrick Peterson:
Claiborne: Yes sir. I believe I can. I believe that's one of the parts of my game that I can do and I believe I can get back there at whatever it may be – kickoff or punts – I believe I can get back there and get it done.

On if he talked to Peterson about what he went through as a rookie:
Claiborne: Yes sir. We talk all the time. We take a lot of time talking about all that stuff about coming in and it's not like college and it's mostly a business and that you got to go in and get your work done and get it done.

On his thoughts about the Cowboys as a team:
Claiborne: I believe it's a great team. It's a team that Jerry Jones and the coaching staff are trying to build. I believe we're headed in the right direction.

On what his take is about the Wonderlic test score result he got:
Claiborne: When it came out, some of the things that were said, I'm human so I had a problem with some of it, but I didn't let that get me down. I know what type of person I am. I know that test doesn't reflect on how I learn or what type of a person I am. I looked at the test and there wasn't any questions that came with football, so I pretty much blew the test off.

On if he blew the test off because he didn't talk to his agent about the importance of it:
Claiborne: All the talk that I was hearing about the Wonderlic is that it's just not that important. Everybody I talked to, even coaches and all, they were like, 'That test doesn't mean nothing. That test is not going to declare where you go in the draft, or nothing like that. So if they don't have any football on there, I'm here for football, so what?

On who was the best receiver he went against last year:
Claiborne: Last year we had a lot of tough receivers, but I would have to say (Marquis) Maze from Alabama or the guy from West Virginia (Stedman Bailey).

On after playing quarterback and receiver in high school if he'd like to have a shot at doing different things on offense with the Cowboys:
Claiborne: Like I said, whatever they need me to do, I'm here to do it. They've got a pretty exciting quarterback in (Tony) Romo and he's going to get the job done, so I'll leave that up to him. But anything else they need me to do, I'm here to do it.

On if he knows much about Brandon Carr:
Claiborne: Yes sir. He's just one of those guys who can get the job done. I've watched him play and I like the way he plays and I believe me and him teaming up – I'm going to get with him and learn as much as I can learn from him and try to be the best unit.

On how much he's looking forward to getting to Dallas:
Claiborne: I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready for it.

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