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    Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...

    Per ESPN.com *Rumor Central*

    For over a week, we've been speculating on which NFL team would draft Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen if he went pro. Take the "if" out of that equation now, because ESPN.com's Joe Schad is reporting that Clausen will declare for the draft. So was he pushed in that direction by some unruly fans? We got word from ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Tuesday that Clausen was decked in the face by a surly Notre Dame fan on Sunday morning. It certainly didn't help keep him in school.

    Clausen is one of the more intriguing names on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, and some analysts think he could be the first QB drafted this April.

    Here was Kiper last week on the teams that might be interested in the gunslinger:

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    "Leaving all the coaching chatter aside, which could obviously affect his decision, Clausen could certainly be the top quarterback taken. I think he's certainly capable of going in the top 10 or 12, and remember, St. Louis might want a quarterback, Washington might want a quarterback, we're not sure if Oakland will draft one, but they're another team with a problem at the position. The struggles at Notre Dame you can't put on Clausen. He's been battered, particularly early on. But he can play the position and personnel people know it. Comparing him and [UW's Jake] Locker, for instance, Clausen is far more refined at this stage."

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    The reason I posted this was because of that one sentence in Mel's quote about personnel people. It'll certainly be interesting to see what we do in the upcoming draft.



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    Re: Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...

    The majority is saying Suh right now and that's fine, but come the off season alot more people will be riding in the back of my Jimmy Claussen bandwagon.

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    Re: Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel Kiper Jr. View Post
    "Comparing him and [UW's Jake] Locker, for instance, Clausen is far more refined at this stage."
    It's interesting in that this isn't the first place I've seen this comment. To an extent, it kind of reminds me of the Eugene Monroe/Jason Smith debate from last year. Do you go with the guy who is more prepared to step in on Day One and play, or do you go with the guy who has more athletic skill and a higher ceiling? Should make for an interesting offseason, if both come out.

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