Published: April 16th, 2010 | Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Alex Smith, Charles Rogers, Colt Brennan, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jason Campbell, Jason Taylor, Jimmy Clausen, Jimmy Raye, Martin Mayhew, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Rex Grossman, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Sources have told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News that the 49ers “most certainly” will pick Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen at No. 13 if he’s still available.
So should we take it that if Sam Bradford falls to No. 13, the 49ers would grab him, too? Meaning there are a lot of teams that could be interested in drafting Clausen who likely will not be around that long. The Browns and Raiders could have some interest. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks has Clausen going at No. 9 to the Bills in his latest mock draft.
This could be some pre-draft posturing, but you have to feel for current 49ers QB Alex Smith — or as much as you can feel for a young man making millions to play in the NFL. Smith has experienced many highs and lows — mostly lows — since being the No. 1 selection in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Smith has battled injuries and a revolving door of offensive coordinators during his career. Just as the 49ers were finally starting to see some consistency at offensive coordinator — Jimmy Raye represents the only one who has worked with Smith in consecutive years — this news comes out.
Smith was just beaming about working with Raye during an interview with Murph and Mac on KNBR radio in San Francisco (via Sports Radio Interviews).
“The thing that I have noticed over the last month or so, is that there are so many more details that you are getting into than in year one,” Smith said.
So you can bet that Smith will be watching the 2010 NFL Draft — LIVE AND IN PRIMETIME ON THURSDAY — with much interest.
Other news making its way Around the Web on a Friday:
- Jaguars GM Gene Smith is looking to deal out of the No. 10 spot in next week’s draft (the draft, for those unaware, will be LIVE AND IN PRIME TIME ON THURSDAY). Smith told the Florida Times-Union that “we’ve been networking with the league and having constant dialogue.”
- The Lions are looking to upgrade at running back and might even be targeting one in the draft (a draft that will be LIVE AND IN PRIME TIME ON THURSDAY). Just don’t expect that running back to come with the No. 2 overall selection. Lions GM Martin Mayhew told the Detroit Free Press that he likes having the No. 2 pick. Then Mayhew crushed WR Charles Rogers, whom the team selected with the No. 2 pick in 2003.
- “I would say that this year being at No. 2 is a lot better than being at No. 2 the year we drafted Charles Rogers, just in terms of the number of concerns you have with different players,” Mayhew said. “The players that are there now, a lot of them — and I’ve talked to a lot of people in the last week or so, head coaches and people who have been around these guys — a lot of these guys are solid off-the-field character guys, relatively healthy guys, high-effort guys, very motivated, intrinsically motivated type of guys. So there’s a good pool to pick from this year.”
- LB Jason Taylor is on vacation and will not make a decision on his future until at least Monday, according to the Miami Herald. Taylor would like to make a decision before the draft which, you might have heard, will be LIVE AND IN PRIME TIME ON THURSDAY. Taylor reportedly is becoming more comfortable with the thought of leaving South Florida. And really, could it be worse than his tenure with the Redskins?
- Speaking of the Redskins, the Washington Post reports that the team is expecting a low pick for Jason Campbell as it’s making way for Colt Brennan. Just kidding, the team just made a deal for a veteran QB with Super Bowl experience — Rex Grossman. Expect the Redskins to make a deal during the draft, which, as you may or may not know, will be LIVE AND IN PRIME TIME ON THURSDAY.