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Old 12-21-2004   #41
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On ability alone he will get a shot with a team in the NFL , Period.
As is said before i dont like all his off the field baggage but he does have "First Roind Ability" there are few who doubt that . If you can pick up a player with that ability in the 3rd , 4th or 5th round you stand to lose Very Little and gain a whole hell of a lot . Yes it would be a gamble but then again almost every pick in the draft is a gamble , VERY FEW are Marque type or Impact Players coming outa college . Take him in the 4th or 5th round ,,,,, he flops what did you lose , a player who you most likely woulda cut to begin with. He shines , you look like a genuis .
I doubt he is there in the 4th round ... Willis McGahee (23rd overall in 2003) was thought to go in the 3rd or later considernig the injury he had to come back from , this cat is healthy and has the same type of ability .

Let me clarify something ..... Im NOT saying GO DRAFT Clarret , im saying he would be worth a look in the later rounds , After filling the other needs on the roster . Kinda like drafting Drew Henson , a 6th turns into a 3rd but a little more upside in this scenerio.
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...im saying he would be worth a look in the later rounds , After filling the other needs on the roster...
I agree with you. I think Clarett would be a very good compliment to Davis in the Texan backfield in that Clarett has the size & instincts to run inside in the zone blocking scheme. Actually, DD & Clarett could be used in the backfield together in 3rd & 3 type situations because both are good receivers. But let's get real, Casserly won't touch a guy with the notoriety of Clarett.
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ESPN just reported Clarett ran a 4.67 40 yd at his pro day at his highschool. They didn't give numbers but said his agility tests were good.
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Clarett may have just raised his stock from undrafted free agent to seventh rounder ...

Seriously though, the earliest I see him going is the sixth...If he goes before that, the team that picks him will incur some serious risk...
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My guess is Clarett will be fine in the NFL. Like Lucky said above, he would be a good compliment to DD. If he is available in the 6th or 7th I would be all in favor of the Texans nabbing him for an incredibly cheap price in an area where you don't even expect the folks around him to make it on the team.
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I agree Clarett is the type of low-risk, high-reward guy that we have proven to take in the past with the Drew Henson pick and to a lesser extent Jammal Lord...He should be fine in the NFL as the big knock on him is his character concerns, but I feel once he starts getting paid, he'll be a quiet guy in the lockerroom...
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I think he will go in the 5th. Everyone knows he is worth a 6-7th round pick, so someone will jump the gun to get him in the 5th. JMHO
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I would say a 4th would be fine. He couldn't be any worse than Wells.
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I think he'd be a good value in the 6th.
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i think it was best said on the espn interview with john clayton when he said that clarett was a cancer waiting to happen...right now everyone sees him giving his best just so he can get a job somewhere...once he gets his job and a little security in it the real clarett will show...i still don't like us picking him no matter what round...bobby purify was just as productive at times when he was healthy and he's not worth a 7th rounder
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I heard Gill Brandt on National radio a bit ago. He ran 4.6's today and caught the ball well. Brandt thinks that MC is about 10 pounds too heavy and needs to be at 227 or so to be at his optimal weight. Brandt brought up the fact that 5 pounds slows down 2000 pound racehorses so 10 pounds makes a huge difference in the quickness in humans.
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A slightly heavier but more sculpted Maurice Clarett might have improved his draft status Thursday during a vigorous solo workout for NFL scouts in Youngstown, Ohio.

The running back weighed in at 236 pounds, two pounds heavier than at the NFL combine, but his 40-yard dash times were better than in February.

He ran 40s in 4.67 and 4.68 seconds, according to his agents Steve Feldman and Josh Luchs, and one team clocked him at 4.65. In Indianapolis last month, he was timed at 4.87 and 4.72.

"I was just trying to give the coaches what they wanted," Clarett said. "They wanted a faster 40, so I worked on the 40 more than anything."
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Might have improved his draft status? God, I hope so. How easy is to improve your status when your projected where he is?

All the pre-combine hype was about how much he had matured and was more prepared. So how did this improved version of Clarett do? Not very good because he took his ball and went home after a bad run. That shows maturity right there. The guy is a quitter and he hasn't played football in a long time. I would be disappointed if he joined this team because I don't think he brings anything but baggage.
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Maurice Clarett has 1 glaring problem. He doesnt know how to be a man. He shifts blame from himself on every bad break he gets.

Whatever team is stupid enough to draft him will have their player personnel people considering quitting their job.

I can see the post game interviews after a loss where he comitted turnovers.
"Well I wasnt handed the ball enough to make up for that."
"The coach called a play I wasnt comfortable with but i ran the play anyways."

"My teammate jarred the ball out of my hands."
"This offensive style is not suited for me."
"I feel as if I am not getting paid for my value"

it will never stop he can never stop because nothing is ever good enough for Maurice Clarrett. I hope he is a bust personally, Im sorry to have to say this about another persons dreams, but his dream has been a nightmare for anyone around him.
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I say if he's there in the 6th, take him. Maybe even the fifth. If a day two pick comes into training camp swanning around like he owns the place, he will very clearly be either taken down a peg or two or cut. It's not like he'll be getting any guaranteed money, and he might just turn out to be a steal. Fourth round or above, I'd be dubious.
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I believe (and don't jump my butt over this, I don't think it's right or smart) that Clarett will be gone in the third round. I know where he's supposed to go and I know what he ran his 40 in. I just think someone is going to get stupid and they're going to pick him in the third.
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As long as he is not in a Texan Uniform, best of luck to the man.

hell probably end up in Minnesota, Cleveland, SF, or Oakland.

Places where the Ownership isnt very Old-School and take chances on character issue players.

But its like I said as long as he does this it wasnt my fault other people/factors were what was really to blame, He will be a personnel nightmare. He could have just accepted the league's decision to not make him eligible and said Ok and worked his but off maybe play at the Ju Co. level to stay in playing shape, and come back this year and been highly sought after.

I think they modeled that budweiser athlete after Clarett Leon and Clarett look eerily similar.
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I think this whole debacle could have been avoided. I think a player should be able to apply for the NFL draft at the age of 18.

Nope. Try again. IMHO, it wasn't a " debacle", It was an exercise in free people diaggreeing. The only one I felt bad for in the situation was Mike Williams. He followed the rules and got burned. Which seems to be a constant theme when applied to MC. He's given up on his school. Given up at the combine. He has put "self" ahead of all else. I can see no NFL coach buying these georceries. MC is destined for a street corner. A victim of self inflicted wounds. Was going to try to write a long diatribe to you DC then I thought, you're so far out, so far gone, it wouldn't do any good. So why waste the space ? It will be interesting to see in the future, after the recent supreme court decision that young people under eighteen by virture of their ignorance and imaturity are prohibited now from being held to the harshest standards for the most dastardly crimes. I pray for the families of Becky Ertman & Elizabeth Pena every night. Now will they say at eighteen they've elevated themselves to a postion to determine the punishment their bodies will tollerate in the NFL ? Won't say it won't happen.. Will say we are paying a very high price for PC in this country. JMHO.
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He could have just accepted the league's decision to not make him eligible and said Ok and worked his but off maybe play at the Ju Co. level to stay in playing shape, and come back this year and been highly sought after.
Could he even play Ju Co.? I would think he and Mike Williams both would have done something like that if they could...maybe I am wrong though. I don't have any idea of rules about having an agent and playing in the Ju Co. ranks.

As well, I don't seem to recall Clarett being a problem on the team his Freshman year...granted I didn't keep up that much...but I thought he was a pretty impressive player. He was a kid. He probably got some scoundrel lawyers and agents around him, telling him he could have the world type of baloney and became somewhat damaged goods because of it. You know, I wish he could have been a man about the cheating stuff, but for the most part, I think he was the fall guy...from what little I've heard happened.

The guy should and will get his shot in the pros. I would not be upset if it were with the Texans...i.e. with a 6 or 7 round pick...If he even comes close to becoming a problem with that type of investment in him...he will be gone before he knows what happened...heck even a 4 or 5 round pick would not be that big of a loss. So give the guy a shot...if he messes up he is gone.
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