Someone always has to overstate.
I am NOT a Clarett fan at all but you are being unduly critical.
He did come in as the highest rated freshman in the country and earn the starting job and become the focal point of that offense when healthy. He went for over 100 against Michigan, Wisconsin and over 200 against Washington state. Those are good defenses.
He isn't as good as his initial Heisman hype but is not as bad as you are suggesting either. As usual its somewhere in the middle.
The issue for me is the guy is not quite a frontline talent but has been pampered his hole life based on his football skill. He expects that pampering which makes it hard to see him as a guy who can be a backup or a work hard through tough times type.
Clarett does have excellent vision and he will hit holes. He is obviously big enough at 6' and 235 or so. He runs a bit upright and lacks top speed but he can play RB in the NFL if he gets out of his own way. I'd rate him a 6th rounder right now and a guy who may need to be a backup for a year or more.
But I still don't know what any team saw Thursday night that would have made them comfortable with waiting a round or two for the offensive lineman they wanted. ---Todd McShay
We just converted half our LB to DL. We have a 30m starting DL, it better be pretty friggin good.