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Posted April 5, 2010
Where Will Jimmy Clausen Go?
We all remember the scene like it was yesterday: Pretty-boy Brady Quinn sitting with his blond girlfriend at the 2007 NFL Draft.
Cleveland was projected to take either Quinn or Thomas - they picked Thomas.
No way Quinn was going to get passed up by Miami at No. 9 - no way in hell. Right? The Dolphins were desperate for a quarterback and leader - how could they pass up on the Notre Dame quarterback?
"With the ninth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select - TED GINN, Wide Receiver, Ohio State."
Radio City Music Hall went nuts. I vividly remember being speechless in my living room. I couldn't believe it.
How did it happen? Head coach Cam Cameron fell in love with John Beck, and the rest is history.
To me, it's scary how similar the 2010 NFL Draft is to the 2007 NFL Draft for Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, though he isn't anything like Quinn as a quarterback (infinitely better accuracy and mechanics).
Before the Eagles stupidly traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, I thought this was still similar to 2007. Much like the Browns in 2007, the Redskins in 2010 will not take a Fighting Irish quarterback.
The most intriguing pick in the first round is what the Buffalo Bills will do at No. 9 because I don't expect Seattle (Charlie Whitehurst), Cleveland (Jake Delhomme), or Oakland (Lazy fat person/Bruce Gradkowski) to pick Clausen.
Clausen could go to Oakland - they were in pursuit of McNabb via trade - I could see it; I just don't expect it. I personally hope Clausen doesn't go to Oakland because no quarterback can succeed there; not with their current personnel and owner.
What if the Buffalo Bills are enthralled with Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy, just like Cameron was in love with Beck? It would be a crazy thing in my opinion for them to pass up on Clausen, but we have seen this before, and in order to learn the NFL Draft you have to study its history.
Where does Clausen go if Buffalo passes on him? I really don't see any other team that makes a lot of sense in the top 25 picks. San Francisco seems convinced Alex Smith is their guy - we haven't ever heard about them drafting a quarterback early. It seems like every team is convinced they have a franchise quarterback in the top 25 picks other than Oakland (whom I don't see drafting Clausen) and Buffalo.
If Clausen falls past Buffalo, either Arizona or Minnesota could move up for him. He provides a lot of insurance and is simply too talented to not make a move for. Clausen can play instantly in Arizona or sit on the bench behind Favre in Minnesota on a star-studded offense.
What teams in the second round could move up for Clausen? After trading away future first-round picks in the past two seasons, I just don't see Carolina making a big move and they have talked themselves into Matt Moore as a franchise quarterback.
Cleveland doesn't seem like they are willing to move up - Holmgren has stated he isn't a huge Clausen fan. If Buffalo passes on Clausen at No. 9, I'm convinced they will move up for Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy (maybe even standing pat at No. 41 overall for either).
One team that makes sense trading back up would be Oakland - I'm just playing the scenario here that Al Davis is so much in love with Bruce Campbell that he can't pass up on him. Maybe then would Oakland moves up into the first round to pick Clausen. However, they have already sent their 2011 first-round pick to New England in the Richard Seymour trade. Oakland would have to include something very valuable in the deal to move up (Nnamdi Asomugha?)
I really feel like Clausen will end up in Buffalo, Arizona or Minnesota. I think this is without a doubt the 2010 NFL Draft's most intriguing storyline, and if I am Clausen, I don't go to Radio City Music Hall to fall victim to a Draft Day nightmare (and not to mention to be booed by moronic fans that hate you thanks to Todd McShay.)
I'm really looking forward to what Buffalo does at No. 9 overall. The 2010 NFL Draft just got much more interesting.