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Broncos put an end to back's misery

Updated: April 27, 2005, 9:28 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Christmas came early to Maurice Clarett and Mike Shanahan played the part of Santa Claus.

Shanahan ended Clarett's year and a half of self-inflicted torture by making him the final choice in the third round of Saturday's NFL draft. The joke going around the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February was that Clarett's move to quit a workout early made him a compensatory pick in the sixth or seventh round.

Instead, the Broncos rescued him from his ...

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