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MAURICE CLARETT \ At a glance



Published: Mon, April 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 234High school: Warren Harding (graduated early in December 2000). Played freshman year at Fitch. Grew up on the South Side.College: Ohio State. Dropped out in 2004 after winning suit against NFL to enter draft early. Decision was later overturned.Key stats: Rushed for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman, helping lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year after senior season at Warren Harding.Strengths: Good size and power with impressive vision and patience. Shows knack for making first defender miss and has a powerful stiff-arm in the open field. Very adept at getting through small creases, then bouncing outside and accelerating into open field. Adequate blocker and receiver and should improve in both areas.Weaknesses: Character and maturity are big concerns. Has been injury-prone his whole career, missing three games at OSU and parts of his first three high school seasons. Has average speed and is not overly elusive in space. Not much of a threat as a receiver.History lesson: Clarett would be the 12th player from Warren Harding to make it to the pros. Penn State's Deryck Toles, now on the Colts' roster after being released by the Falcons, has not yet played in an NFL game. Also, Carl Diggs, who played at Michigan, is on the Bears' roster but has not yet played in an NFL game. Paul Warfield is the most famous, getting drafted by the Browns out of Ohio State in 1964. Had Hall of Fame career at wide receiver with Browns and Dolphins and was a rookie on Cleveland's last championship team in 1964. Bill Kollar (Montana State) was drafted by the Bengals in 1974. Now coaches defensive line for the Rams. Charley Riffle (Notre Dame) played for New York in AAFC. Dave Arnold (Michigan) was drafted in the fifth round by the Steelers in 1989. Jim Brutz (Notre Dame) played for Chicago in AAFC. Joe Carroll (Pitt) was an 11th round pick by the Raiders. John Chickerneo (Pitt) was a second round pick by the Giants in 1939. Korey Stringer (Ohio State) was a first round pick by the Vikings in 1995. Died of heat stroke after a training camp practice in 2001. Leshun Daniels (Ohio State) played briefly for the Vikings in 1997. High school, college and professional teammate of Stringer's. Mike Graham (Cincinnati) played for Los Angeles in AAFC. Travis Davis (Michigan State) was drafted by Phoenix but played for New Orleans.History lesson, part two: Five Warren Western Reserve players made it to the pros. Ross Browner (Notre Dame) was a first-round pick of the Bengals in 1978. Jim Browner (Notre Dame) was a 12th-round pick by the Bengals in 1979. Joey Browner (USC) was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 1983. He graduated from a high school in Atlanta, but played his first three years at Reserve. Keith Browner (USC) was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 1984. Aaron Brown (Ohio State) was a 10th-round pick by Tampa Bay in 1978. Also, Stringer and Daniels played at Reserve until the schools merged.

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 234High school: Warren Harding (graduated early in December 2000). Played freshman year at Fitch. Grew up on the South Side.College: Ohio State. Dropped out in 2004 after winning suit against NFL to enter draft early. Decision was later overturned.Key stats: Rushed for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman, helping lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year after senior season at Warren Harding.Strengths: Good size and power with impressive vision and patience. Shows knack for making first defender miss and has a powerful stiff-arm in the open field. Very adept at getting through small creases, then bouncing outside and accelerating into open field. Adequate blocker and receiver and should improve in both areas.Weaknesses: Character and maturity are big concerns. Has been injury-prone his whole career, missing three games at OSU and parts of his first three high school seasons. Has average speed and is not overly elusive in space. Not much of a threat as a receiver.History lesson: Clarett would be the 12th player from Warren Harding to make it to the pros. Penn State's Deryck Toles, now on the Colts' roster after being released by the Falcons, has not yet played in an NFL game. Also, Carl Diggs, who played at Michigan, is on the Bears' roster but has not yet played in an NFL game. Paul Warfield is the most famous, getting drafted by the Browns out of Ohio State in 1964. Had Hall of Fame career at wide receiver with Browns and Dolphins and was a rookie on Cleveland's last championship team in 1964. Bill Kollar (Montana State) was drafted by the Bengals in 1974. Now coaches defensive line for the Rams. Charley Riffle (Notre Dame) played for New York in AAFC. Dave Arnold (Michigan) was drafted in the fifth round by the Steelers in 1989. Jim Brutz (Notre Dame) played for Chicago in AAFC. Joe Carroll (Pitt) was an 11th round pick by the Raiders. John Chickerneo (Pitt) was a second round pick by the Giants in 1939. Korey Stringer (Ohio State) was a first round pick by the Vikings in 1995. Died of heat stroke after a training camp practice in 2001. Leshun Daniels (Ohio State) played briefly for the Vikings in 1997. High school, college and professional teammate of Stringer's. Mike Graham (Cincinnati) played for Los Angeles in AAFC. Travis Davis (Michigan State) was drafted by Phoenix but played for New Orleans.History lesson, part two: Five Warren Western Reserve players made it to the pros. Ross Browner (Notre Dame) was a first-round pick of the Bengals in 1978. Jim Browner (Notre Dame) was a 12th-round pick by the Bengals in 1979. Joey Browner (USC) was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 1983. He graduated from a high school in Atlanta, but played his first three years at Reserve. Keith Browner (USC) was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 1984. Aaron Brown (Ohio State) was a 10th-round pick by Tampa Bay in 1978. Also, Stringer and Daniels played at Reserve until the schools merged.




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