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Clausen loses with McNabb deal

Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2010 12:06 pm
I don't know who the winner is in the Donovan McNabb trade, but I do know who's the loser: Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen is the second best quarterback in this year's draft, and there are a lot of mock drafts out there that have him going to Washington at the fourth spot. Not anymore they don't. If and when St. Louis takes Sam Bradford, the top quarterback in the draft, with the first pick, speculation will be rife where Clausen goes ... and it won't involve Washington.

With Donovan McNabb, Washington can now focus on replacing Chris Samuels, which means tackle Russell Okung is all but a dead-bolt cinch to go to the Redskins.

But what happens to Clausen? The next logical stop would be Cleveland at the seventh position, but Browns president Mike Holmgren already has expressed reservations about him. So let's say we take him at his word. Buffalo at the ninth spot is another possibility. But the Bills already have three quarterbacks. Maybe. Maybe not.

Jacksonville at 10th? I don't think so. The Jags ranked last in sacks last year, so they have more urgent needs than replacing David Garrard. San Francisco could be the landing spot at 13th for no other reason that the 49ers have no conviction about Alex Smith. The current coaching staff did not draft him and may not be able to win with him. So why not draft another quarterback?

Bottom line: The McNabb deal just had an impact on the draft, and Jimmy Clausen is the loser.
Category: NFL

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

Clausen won with the McNabb deal to Washington.  He does not need to go to any teams "in transition".  I've always said that a situation like the one Aaron Rodgers' landed in GB is the best for a rookie QB.  Get into the league with a solid team, with solid mgmt and coaches, behind a good QB in his late-prime or on the back end of his career.  Sit, learn, play a bit more each year, and be ready to go in 2-3 years.  Rookie QB's get thrown to the wolves and burn out all too often.  Presently, Clausen should really hope to land in San Diego, Dallas, Seattle, or even New England.  There are no solid backups in any of these franchises.  Plus, each of them are currently QB'd with guys who filled an almost exact role themselves (Rivers behind Brees, Romo and Brady behind Bledsoe in Dallas and NE, Hasselbeck behind Dilfer, ...these are all franchises who plan for and develop long-term, successful QB's.
Clausen should be glad he's not in Washington.  

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:14 pm

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

If all this is accurate Judge just got pwn'd. Why is he a writer and I'm not? I can omit pwn from my articles if I must.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2010 12:56 pm

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

Dead on Jagster!  I am tired of columnists who think that teams only pick on need.  Yeah, we do need an improved pass rush and if the Best Available Player happens to be a great pass rusher, the Jaguars will choose him; if it is Clausen, then the Jags will groom him until he is ready.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:06 am

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

When a team drafts a QB in the first round they have a 50% chance that the player will develop into a reliable starter.  Even then, it might take a few years.  There is a huge amount of money inversted in these high draft picks, so a team really needs a player who will bring something to the team. When a player under performs it keeps a team from being competative.  Most other positions (except DE) are a lot less of a risk.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:52 am

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

Washington pulled the trigger on the McNabb deal because they didn't think Clausen would be worth that high of a pick.  In other words, that's hard evidence of Clausen's value... all the mock drafts and forums are populated by amateur opininion.

Since the Redskins didn't want him at #4, you've got to think he's not a top-10 talent.  My guess is the Seahawks or 49ers will get a shot at him with their second pick in the 1st round.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:11 am

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

The 49ers do not need a QB in the first, second, or third round.  They have Alex Smith, who improved quite a bit last year, a solid backup in David Carr, and a project QB in Nate Davis. 
They aren't going to carry 4 QB's on the roster, so they'd have to get rid of Davis.  I don't believe Clausen has done anything to prove he is better than Davis.
49ers have bigger needs than flipping a coin on a QB.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 8:03 am

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

I don't think that the 49ers would take Clausen even if he fell all the way to the 2nd round! Alex Smith made strides last year and they cannot afford to go in another direction at this point. He is the guy in San Francisco for at least one more season. 18 TDs to 12 INTs isn't a bad stat line at all. He wasn't even the starter at the beginning of last season. I think that they are much more likely to go with Haden or Spiller at 13, and then add a tackle at 17. Quarterback isn't something they should mess with.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 12:23 am

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

Maybe the Eagles draft him and look to deal Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick ? When you see a lot of # 7 jerseys in the stands in Philly last season, maybe that was enough for Eagles management to make the call ? Perhaps Andy Reid will be juggling QB's this season, Kolb a starter gets in trouble or just flat out stinks and Vick might come in for good as the starter ? I don't care any more, Eagles need to win a Super Bowl and frankly Philly fans don't care how they accomplish it. I do recall Marty Mohrningweg indicating that the Eagles playbook has been expanded for Vick, maybe 2009 was the throw away season and 2010 is the season that this team is supposed to overachieve again. 2009 they had the roster on paper, they went 11-5 regular season, but obviously the 2 losses sent this team into dismantle & rebuild mode. It would've worked out better had the Eagles won the SB, but then they would be only trying to keep the core together for another run or two, adding replacement pieces here and there. It's evident, the Eagles kept a core, gave it a decade of chances and now it's tiume to try to win like other franchises. I mean, on paper, look at the Cardinals, they've been going on 7-8 seasons with Boldin and Fitgerald, and others, they haven't had the success that the Eagles have had.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 11:10 pm

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

jaguars dont pick 11th, they pick 10th . they have addressed their pass rush problems this offseason , they resigned reggie hayward who was sent to the IR in week 1 last year , they brought in aaron kampman . derrick harvey was in top 5 in league for hurries, although he never hit home with the sacks , he didnt get much help from the other side . i'd love to see them draft clausen because david garrard isnt the answer . but if clausen is there , they will try to find someone wanting to trade down for him to gain a 2nd round pick which they do not have . this years draft is heavy on defense side, i see them tryin to gain extra picks .

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:50 pm

Clausen loses with McNabb deal

As a 49er fan, here's hoping they do not draft Clausen. There are more pressing issues to address.

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