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Q: Why would Denver use a third-round pick on RB Maurice Clarett, projected by most to be a late-round pick at best?
Gary Horton, Scouts Inc.: Obviously Denver has had great success with RBs in the middle to late rounds, so it's hard to criticize them. But you certainly had the feeling Clarett was going to be there until the fifth or sixth. However, the teams that liked Clarett probably would have restacked their boards, and Denver may have had the feeling he could go early in the fourth round -- and decided not to take a chance. No question, it is a surprise pick, and a roll of the dice. Despite the fact they have a lot of bodies at RB, the Broncos don't have any franchise guys. Clarett will certainly get a chance. From his standpoint, he should be ecstatic.
Randy Mueller, former NFL GM: I'm very surprised, just from a character standpoint. You can't challenge Denver Coach Mike Shanahan, but I'm really surprised. I'll be shocked if Clarett steps in like the other guys. I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid. I thought he would be a sixth- or seventh-round pick, at best. The 40 times, the character issues, all those concerns. I just didn't see him going this early. This guy has issues.
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