NEW YORK — If Jimmy Clausen were among the draft prospects in the green room here at Radio City Music Hall, he might be the one sitting alone on camera. There’s a feeling among a few of us here that Clausen could be free-falling in the first round.
When Washington, Cleveland, Buffalo and then San Francisco (who traded to No. 11) all went off the board without taking the quarterback, eliminating many of the teams in the top of the first round in need of a quarterback, the conversation with Vic Carucci and Bucky Brooks immediately turned to Clausen’s fate.
According to Brooks, Clausen was never viewed by teams as a top-10 talent. Along with the small number of teams in need of quarterbacks, Brooks tells me Clausen’s personality and perceived issues about leadership didn’t help him.
It’s a consensus here that Minnesota might be the only team at the bottom of the first round that’s a possibility for Clausen. Stay tuned.
– Frank Tadych