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The Denver Broncos used a third-round pick on Maurice Clarett in 2005 after controversy and allegations during his time with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clarett played an important role in leading the Buckeyes to the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and national championship game, but Clarett had major issues.
Clarett faced allegations of improper benefits, as well as cheating in the classroom. He also filed a false police report which resulted in him being suspended from Ohio State and then missing 2003 and 2004 seasons. The absence in the 2004 season was because Clarett sued the NFL, trying to overturn the rule that players must be three years out of high school in order to enter the NFL draft.
Clarett participated in the combine, running slow times in the 40 and then refusing to continue. It was surprising, then, that Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos selected Clarett in the third round of the draft. Clarett signed his deal on July 28, 2005, but after a dismal training camp full of injuries and not much else, Clarett was released on August 28, 2005.
Since being released by the Denver Broncos, Clarett spent four years and prison and played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.