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  • Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

    via New Era Scouting

    Jimmy Clausen-QB-#7-Notre Dame
    Projected Round: 1st-Top 10
    Height: 6’3
    Weight: 223
    Pro Comparison: Drew Brees.
    Accuracy: Clausen is the most accurate QB in this year’s class. He is a tremendously polished QB who does not miss receivers. Has the ability to put it anywhere it needs to be. Leads his receivers well. Not afraid to throw into a tight window.
    Arm Strength: Clausen’s arm is well above average though it is not elite. Does posses the ability to make all the throws. Short and intermediate routes have great zip on them and get on the receiver in a hurry. Deep ball has a tendency to float at times, but he does have the power to get it 65-70 yards downfield.
    Decision Making: Has matured greatly in his decision making. Very seldom tries to force a throw that isn’t there. Needs to make his reads faster post snap. Reads the coverage well pre-snap to identify his primary route. Has a great feel for where to throw. Very adept at when to throw the ball away.
    Field Vision: Clausen makes his own reads pre-snap and identifies the coverages at the line, a rarity in today’s college game. He sees the field well and easily identifies when to take his check down receiver. Does not miss a receiver breaking open.
    Mechanics: Clausen is very technically and fundamentally sound. Posses a short, compact release that gets the ball out of his hand in a hurry. Throwing motion fluid and releases the ball high, preventing batted balls. Very sound and fluid in his drop backs.
    Mobility: Clausen will never be confused for a running QB. Foot speed is well below average. Does possess a good ability to escape the rush and move in the pocket but is not a threat to run for any big gains. Solid at throwing on the run.
    Pocket Awareness: Perhaps the biggest improvement Clausen has made in his time at Notre Dame is his ability to feel the rush. Moves well in the pocket and understands when it is time to take off. Good at avoiding the rush and still getting the throw off. Not afraid to stand in and take the hit to make the play.
    Agility: Solid lateral agility while moving in the pocket for a QB that is not a running threat. Not a danger to make anyone miss in the open field, but uses what he has well in sliding in the pocket and moving side to side to make a throw.
    Final Word: Clausen is a big game QB with a ton of moxie and confidence. His ability to lead late game comebacks and his calmness under fire will excite a lot of NFL teams. He may not be a naturally vocal leader, but his toughness and willingness to play through injuries will earn him the respect of his teammates. He possesses an NFL and elite accuracy that could make him a multiple Pro Bowl player in the NFL if he is allowed to develop slowly and learn in his first few NFL seasons.

  • #2
    Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

    If he is allowed to develop slowly he says. He won't be thrown to the fire in Season 1.

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    • #3
      Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

      Good statistics, just don't throw him like a piece of meat out there like what the Lions did to Matthew Stafford if we ever get him.


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      • #4
        Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

        Originally posted by fliptalianstallion View Post
        Good statistics, just don't throw him like a piece of meat out there like what the Lions did to Matthew Stafford if we ever get him.
        Lions had a horrible line no run game all they had was Calvin Johnson. Our line is good when healthy, Steven Jackson gives a good run game, we have some recievers but we could use more. We will fill those holes in the draft and FA, Claussen will be walking into a better situation than Staffford if he is drafted.

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        • #5
          Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

          i think he'd absolutely start if drafted...i wouldn't mind having him at all, but i still like suh better. in a dream world we would get an awesome trade down deal and pick this guy up.

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          • #6
            Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

            He has everything I want in a QB. I just think, with Suh sitting there, it'd be hard to pass up. We have the next Warren Sapp waiting to sign a contract.

            Now if we can trade down and snag the guy, I'd take it.

            A first, a third and a decent player. That should be enough....

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            • #7
              Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

              Quite frankly, the Notre Dame offense seems to have a negative impact on the transition to the professional game for their quarterbacks. Terry Hanratty, Joe Theismann, John Huarte, Rick Mirer, and Paul Hornung, all of them completely failed after great success at Notre Dame.

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              • #8
                Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                Quite frankly, the Notre Dame offense seems to have a negative impact on the transition to the professional game for their quarterbacks. Terry Hanratty, Joe Theismann, John Huarte, Rick Mirer, and Paul Hornung, all of them completely failed after great success at Notre Dame.
                Sorry, but this doesn't make sense to me. How you can compare QBs and offenses from the 70s, 80s, and 90s with drastically different circumstances all around baffles me.

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                • #9
                  Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                  Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
                  Sorry, but this doesn't make sense to me. How you can compare QBs and offenses from the 70s, 80s, and 90s with drastically different circumstances all around baffles me.
                  Well, those were the best of the best at Notre Dame. But if you want, I can list the worse QB's at Notre Dame that came through recently.

                  Brady Quinn
                  Carlyle Holiday (who doesn't even play QB anymore)
                  Matt LoVecchio
                  Jarious Jackson

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                  • #10
                    Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                    Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                    Well, those were the best of the best at Notre Dame. But if you want, I can list the worse QB's at Notre Dame that came through recently.

                    Brady Quinn
                    Carlyle Holiday (who doesn't even play QB anymore)
                    Matt LoVecchio
                    Jarious Jackson
                    I hate the whole idea of trends when it comes to people. Each and every one of those guys are different and each and every one had a chance to succeed.

                    That's probably what Americans thought of Germans during WW2. Since they all came from the same country they must all be bad.

                    The jury is still out on Quinn who doesn't have the system or personnel to truly succeed. It takes the individual and his set of tools to carve out a destiny. Not his background. Those who don't or cant overcome simply lack the tools or will to do so.



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                    • #11
                      Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                      Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                      Well, those were the best of the best at Notre Dame. But if you want, I can list the worse QB's at Notre Dame that came through recently.

                      Brady Quinn
                      Carlyle Holiday (who doesn't even play QB anymore)
                      Matt LoVecchio
                      Jarious Jackson
                      you are still not getting my point. Those still aren't remotely similar circumstances. Different receivers, different o-line, different everything. Quinn and Claussen share some things when it comes to head coach, but thats where it ends. It makes no sense to compare people just because they went to the same school. Do you compare Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers just because they both went to Cal? No you don't. Makes no sense not to pick a guy just because QBs who went to the same school before him didn't live up to the hype.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                        Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
                        you are still not getting my point. Those still aren't remotely similar circumstances. Different receivers, different o-line, different everything. Quinn and Claussen share some things when it comes to head coach, but thats where it ends. It makes no sense to compare people just because they went to the same school. Do you compare Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers just because they both went to Cal? No you don't. Makes no sense not to pick a guy just because QBs who went to the same school before him didn't live up to the hype.
                        If by "different receivers" you mean "Clausen didn't need to do anything but find Tate" then you are right. And I'm just saying, history shows that Notre Dame doesn't produce good quarterbacks.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                          Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                          If by "different receivers" you mean "Clausen didn't need to do anything but find Tate" then you are right. And I'm just saying, history shows that Notre Dame doesn't produce good quarterbacks.
                          Until schools start breeding their QBs in test tubes on campus, I don't see much validity to the history thing.these are not racehorses to be judged on their bloodlines.

                          Judged in his own time in the program, JC put up good numbers on an otherwise mediocre team. Weis is an NFL-caliber offensive coach. JC also played effectively through injury as well. I don't think he's the best option for The Rams at #1 considering our situation but he should be in the discussion,for sure, and it would be a stunner if he drops out of the first round. I seriously doubt the history of Notre Dame QBs in the NFL will have anything at all to do with it.

                          Btw, in what freakin' universe were Hornung and Theismann failures?!! A HOFer & SB winner? It's very rare for QBs in any era to have sustained individual performance from the get-go & it usually means the team they went to was already otherwise in very good shape or also drafted/acquired other key players to support them. The only exception I can think of is Marino.
                          Last edited by Azul e Oro; -01-11-2010, 08:36 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                            Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                            And I'm just saying, history shows that Notre Dame doesn't produce good quarterbacks.
                            This sounds similar to those that would argue against drafting Suh because history shows the Rams don't do well drafting defensive tackles.

                            In either case, I don't think the logic is particularly sound.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Jimmy Claussen Scouting Report

                              Just draft Suh already!

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