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'Somebody will take a shot at him at someplace'

11/11/2004

Editor's Note: Maurice Clarett says he came forward with his allegations against Ohio State so he could tell his side of the story and possibly raise his stature among NFL general managers who questioned his character. So we asked a current GM to give us his take on Clarett, character and all. In it, Clarett doesn't sound so different from other young athletes; he also sounds like a guy who won't be playing for our anonymous GM's team.

A follower. Immature. Irresponsible. Spoiled from junior high school on. Doesn't feel any accountability to anything. Everything should be given to him.

Not a great work ethic. I don't remember what he ran in the spring. I think he's a 4.6 guy. I thought off the tape the guy was a good runner, but not a speed guy. Probably a second-round ability guy. There ended up being some medical issues with the guy, too.

So I know we had some issues about that. In the end, we weren't going to bother with the kid. Too much baggage. Now it's totally on his shoulders to come and go work out.

The lawsuit [against the NFL] in itself, that wouldn't bother me. What bothers me is the guy thinking he's good enough to play when he's got all these other issues. And here's the thing on the injury-prone. This guy, I don't think, has ever played a full season in high school or college without missing time. So here's a guy, durability's a question on him. Work ethic is a question on the guy. So those are two big questions.

The AD (Andy Geiger) did not like Clarett, for whatever reason. They thought he was always going to have a problem getting eligible again ... I didn't talk to Tressel about him, but I talked to some of the [coaching] staff there, and they were more positive than negative on the kid, really. Yeah. They were more positive than negative on the kid. Saying he really isn't a bad kid. That he was a hell of a worker. But there's just a lot of stuff there when you come down to it. There's the injury-prone issue. The work habits on the guy. All this stuff about being a follower, and never having to work for things and it just starts adding up after a while.

I know the guy was spoiled the whole way through. In high school. Just not having the good sense to be able to say no to things maybe.

Him being out of football, you can argue that two years he saved his body. But he's gonna be rusty as hell…I just think he's got a belief he's a lot better than he is.

The highest the guy goes is the second round, and the lowest could be probably the fourth round. Fifth round maybe. Somebody will take a shot at him at someplace.

But when get down to it, there's a lot more questions about this guy. I just remember in the spring, we took him off the board. We're just not going to bother with all this stuff.

This is all opinions. This is all opinions. But, for us, we don't bother with issues like this. Let's move on to the next guy. Because there's a durability issue here that probably is the single most important question. This guy's never played a full season. At any level. High school or college. So, as a running back, with his style, who's a physical runner. This guy takes hits. I don't know if that's a positive.