BIO: Helped lead Ohio State to a national title as a true freshman in 2002, when he posted 222/1,237/16
on the ground and caught 12/104/2. Challenged the NFL's draft-eligibility requirements last year and had his motion
denied by the Supreme Court.
POSITIVES: Nice-sized runner with impressive
strength, balance and ball-handling skills. Patient, displays good vision and follows blocks. Quickly gets through
the open space on the field. Sets up defenders and makes them miss or runs over opponents, carrying the pile for
several yards. Uses an effective straight arm to keep his runs alive and falls forward when tackled. Displays a
burst through the hole and runs with authority.
NEGATIVES: Had durability issues in college. Marginal blocking skills. Occasionally does
too much east/west running. Cannot run to daylight in the open field and does not show speed on film. Has not
played football since January of 2003 and performed terribly at the combine.
ANALYSIS: A physically gifted prospect who's made many a poor choice, Clarett has several issues that must be resolved before a team considers expending a draft choice on him. At the top of his game a dominant running back who will take over the situation, yet character questions and some very bad pre-draft workouts could leave him out of the mix in April.