Clarett remains on the sideline

RB Maurice Clarett continues to mystify NFL teams with his decision to not participate in postseason all-star games.

Originally Published: February 7, 2005
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
It seems that former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett is incapable of making a mature, responsible decision. After being ruled eligible for the 2005 NFL draft, one would think that Clarett would get himself into exceptional shape and participate in a postseason all-star game.

There were early rumors that Clarett would play in the East-West Shrine game, but he evidently turned down the offer. Most recently, Clarett had been scheduled to participate in a college football all-star challenge, but newly hired agent Steve Feldman told organizers just a few days prior to the event that Clarett would not take part. Clarett continues to make decisions that reflect poorly on his character and maturity level. Failing to capitalize on these opportunities will only contribute to his draft-day freefall.

News and Notes

  • The offensive line class in this year's draft is weak. There is a decent crop of second- and third-round talent, including OTs Adam Terry (Syracuse) and Marcus Johnson (Ole Miss), OGs Elton Brown (Virginia), David Baas (Michigan) and Logan Mankins (Fresno State) and OCs Chris Spencer (Ole Miss), Ben Wilkerson (LSU) and Jamaal Brown (North Carolina). However, there isn't great depth that will trickle down into the second day, and the absence of a blue-chip prospect is even more glaring.

    Todd McShay

    ESPN Senior Writer