Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs, and Darren Sproles. These are three fantastic RB's that were drafted AFTER Maurice Clarett.
Why is that significant? Only an egotistical idiot like Mike Shanahan wouldn't have realized what a loser Clarett was. Let me tell the the sordid story that is Maurice Clarett.
Maurice Clarett, a former USA TODAY high school player of the year winner, had just helped Ohio State win the 2002 national championship. He was easily considered one of the best RBs in college football. Then things started going wrong.
After a 2002 season marked by confrontations with coaches & university officials, Clarett was suspended for the 2003 season for an arrest pertaining to attempting to defraud an insurance company with a false report. As rumors of academic misconduct and illegal funds circulated, Clarett pulled up stakes, went to California, hung out with rappers, and shot up to 256 pounds.
With no further college career possible, Clarett sued for the right to enter the NFL though he had not fulfilled his college elegibility requirements. Clarett's suit was eventually dismissed.
Maurice Clarett, already owing money to various sources and pitifully out of shape, would have to sit out until the next year's draft.
Clarett showed up at the combine before the 2005 draft still not in his college shape. He ran ridiculously slow 40 times.
He looked completely unprepared. The scouts gave him the nickname "Slo-mo." The whole affair was a train wreck.
Projected as a 5th to 6th round pick, if he was picked at all, imagine everyone's shock when the Denver Broncos drafted Clarett in the 3rd round. Mike "The Genius" Shanahan lauded the pick as a boon and told everyone that we'd see how brilliant he was.
Because of the debt he had accumulated from his suit and a year off, he negotiated a contract with no signing bonus in return for incentives that would pay him more for a successful career. Clarett showed up at mini-camp still woefully out of shape.
He never regained the ability he showed in college. He was cut before training camp broke, and rightfully so.
The story doesn't end there. Maurice Clarett is now in jail after being arrested for being involved in an armed robbery. The term was increased because he was caught before the trial cruising in the neighborhood of a key witness in his case.
He had multiple firearms, alcohol, and had left suicidal messages for colleagues & family members. Maurice Clarett was a pompous, self-important, and egotistical jerk who most people feel got what he deserves.
I also feel it is people like Mike Shanahan, who fell in line with other people in Clarett's life, that filled his head with the belief that he still had it when it was clear he didn't. It also proved what I have stated in other articles.
You can't take a year away from the NFL and come back the same athlete. I hope teams remember that when Mike Vick is re-instated.
Drafted #2 : Ronnie Brown (84)
Notes: Strong & quick; heavy between the tackles; successful start of career temporarily derailed by injury; resurrected by "wildcat" offense.
Drafted #4 : Cedric Benson (37)
Notes: Strong & quick in college; weak & slow in NFL; bad attitude & alcohol ended career in Chicago; appears to have reclaimed a career in Cincinnati; We'll see; FIRST ROUND BUST!!!
Drafted #5 : Cadillac Williams (72)
Notes: Great in college; started out fast & strong with immediate success; career has been prematurely slowed by injuries; hopeful to be healthy when training camp opens in 2009; only because of being a top 5 pick...FIRST ROUND BUST!!!
Other notables :
(mid 3rd) Frank Gore (90)***
(late 3rd) Ryan Moats (69)
(early 4th) Marion Barber (91)***
(early 4th) Brandon Jacobs (89)***
(late 4th) Darren Sproles (83)***
Special Note : Taken late in the 7th round...Madison Hedgecock(0). Nothing notable,just a damn funny name!