Wroten with the Rams in 2007
|No. 99 Florida Tuskers|
|Date of birth: September 16, 1983|
|Place of birth: Bastrop, Louisiana|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)|
|College: Louisiana State|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68|
|Debuted in 2006 for the St. Louis Rams|
| As player:
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2008|
|Career UFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at UFL-Football.com|
Claude James Wroten (born September 16, 1983 in Bastrop, Louisiana) is an American football defensive tackle for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State.
Wroten's NFL rights are still held by the Rams; however, he remains on suspension by the NFL after repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He was waived by the Rams on March 3, 2010.
Wroten attended Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Louisiana.
Lettered twice at Mississippi Delta Community College, making 53 tackles, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 2003 before transferring to LSU.
Wroten was First-team All-SEC by College Football News and Second-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the SEC Coaches. He played 12 games with nine starts. He recorded 44 tackles, 12 tackles for losses and 6 sacks. He had 3 tackles and 1 sack for an 8-yard loss against Iowa in the Capital One Bowl. As a senior in 2005 he was named First-Team All-America by College Football News and Second-Team All-America by the Sporting News and named First-Team All-SEC by both the league’s coaches and the AP. He played in 13 games with 12 starts. He had 49 tackles, 10.5 tackles for losses and 6 sacks and 26 quarterback hurries.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-2*||302*||5.08 *||1.81 **||2.87 **||4.83 *||7.70 *||29½" **||8'10" **||26 **||X|
|* represents NFL Combine ** LSU Pro Day —"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"|
Wroten had a chance at being a first-round pick after LSU's season ended, then police stopped him for speeding in Sterlington, Louisiana, on January 4, 2006, and arrested him on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. However, the district attorney declined the case.
Wroten was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. On July 25, Wroten signed a four-year, $2.415 million contract with the Rams. Wroten played 15 games as a rookie, totaling 13 tackles a sack and a forced fumble.
In 2007, Wroten recorded 13 tackles and a half-sack. He served a four-game suspension in 2007 for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy.
On July 23, 2008, Wroten was suspended without pay (he was due $445,000 salary) for the 2008 NFL season for his third violation the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Rams have asked suspended Wroten to return part of his rookie signing bonus, filing a grievance against Wroten, who received an $805,000 signing bonus his rookie contract. The Rams sought $201,250 back.