April 20, 2010
By: Evan J. Thomas
Today marks the beginning of the 2010 NFL Draft in New York City, Round 1 is in Prime Time on ESPN. This is the day that Jimmy Clausen has been dreaming of as a kid. All the hard work, all the preparation, and all the injuries he sustained, all the negative comments about not being able to win at Notre Dame. This is Jimmy’s time. It’s guaranteed that Clausen will be a first round choice. His potential suitors through draft experts are the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills. Talk is that he may fall to the back end of the first round depending on other teams needs. The Kansas City Chiefs should also be in the mix for Jimmy’s pro services since his former college coach at Notre Dame; Charlie Weis is now the offensive coordinator for KC.
Questions surround Clausen though on draft day. Clausen admitted during an ESPN film session to former NFL head coach and current Monday Night Football color announcer John Gruden that as he stated “lazy” on a deep out play against USC and safety Taylor Mays. Gruden ripped him on his lazy comment and said in the NFL he won’t be able to get away with making those throws. Clausen wasn’t as highly touted as Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy during his college career. Jimmy didn’t win the “Big Game” or a national title or the Heisman at Notre Dame as he had hoped coming in as the top freshman quarterback from high school. Clausen’s Notre Dame teams didn’t frequently blow out other teams like the previously named prospects did throughout their college careers. But Clausen knows how to play in pressure packed games and how to come from behind in games. Clausen ran a pro style offense at Notre Dame and has the skills and pedigree to be a top-flight gunslinger in the NFL. Clausen’s future begins tonight.
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