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The term “red flag” could have a picture of Maurice Clarett next to it.
He filed a false police report, according to ESPN.com, which resulted in his dismissal for the entire 2003 season at Ohio State. Then he sued the NFL, challenging its rule that that a player must be out of high school three years to be eligible for the draft. That didn’t work out either.
For some reason, the Denver Broncos decided a player with multiple character issues and a two-year offseason was a suitable choice in Round 3. Shockingly, he didn’t last long with the Broncos.
Clarett struggled with injuries during his first preseason and failed to receive a single carry. The Broncos parted ways with him at the end of August. The following year he ended up in prison. So much talent wasted.
A third-round pick is hard to justify as the worst in franchise history, but the Broncos literally threw this one away. Mike Shanahan might have thought he was getting a steal. Unfortunately, he was sorely mistaken.