Clausen Delivers Solid But Not Spectacular Throwing Session

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QB Jimmy Clausen Has A Solid But Not Spectacular Throwing Session

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen threw for scouts on the Notre Dame campus Friday. Following the lead with Oklahoma and Sam Bradford's workout, the entire session was streamed live on Notre Dame's official site.

According to various reports, Clausen's session was solid but not spectacular. The general consensus is that Bradford's workout was more impressive.

SI's Tony Pauline breaks down the action on Friday.

Clausen displayed solid velocity and speed on his short and intermediate throws. The ball quickly arrived to receivers and his passes displayed a lot of pop. For the most part he was accurate. Late in the workout he delivered some nice strikes down the field.

Yet while most of Clausen's passes were on the mark, the timing of his throws seemed off at times. His pass placement also was nothing out of the ordinary.

Clausen reportedly completed 57/59 passes but wasn't able to demonstrate full mobility coming off of a toe injury that kept him out of competing at the NFL Combine in February.

Clausen will now make the rounds on pre-draft visits. The Rams and Redskins are two of the notables on his visit list but neither team is expected to use a first round pick on him.


Clausen Meeting With Redskins And Jaguars, Too

We passed along a report the other day that Jimmy Clausen had at least three pre-draft visits set up with teams picking in the top ten. According to Steve Wyche of, we can add two more teams to that list -- Redskins and Jaguars.

The Redskins working him out is a no-brainer. One of their perceived needs, depending on who you ask, is quarterback and Clausen is widely recognized as the second best quarterback in the draft. It's the Jaguars, Wyche reports, that has some folks wondering what's up.

Of those teams, Jacksonville could be the most surprising, although it did flirt with the idea of using its first-round pick on a quarterback last season before opting to stay put and select offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.

The Jaguars are probably realizing that David Garrard probably won't make it through the six-year contract he signed. He's a decent player but by no means a game-changer.

The Jags have also been linked to Tebow, though that's more because of the tickets he could sell versus his on-field talent.

Check out more on the Jaguars draft plans at the excellent Big Cat Country.


Clausen Sets Up Visits With Rams, Browns And Bills

The man expected to be the second quarterback off the board in April is setting up some pre-draft visits.

According to PFT's Mike Florio, Jimmy Clausen has three visits set up.

Per a league source, Clausen will make pre-draft visits to the Browns.  We're told that Clausen also will visit the Rams and the Bills.

The Browns are interesting because Browns head honcho Mike Holmgren said "it would be hard" for him to select Jimmy Clausen.

Clausen didn't throw at the NFL Combine or the Notre Dame pro day.

He's scheduled to throw for scouts on April 9th.

Follow Clausen's path to the draft at Mocking The Draft.


Mike Holmgren On Jimmy Clausen: 'It Would Be Hard For Me To Take Him'

The Browns hold the 7th pick in the upcoming NFL draft and haven't been shy about their plans to find a quarterback of the future in the draft.

It's highly unlikely Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, considered the top quarterback in the draft, will be available when the Browns come to pick. Trading up to get him is also highly unlikely.

The next logical quarterback on the board is Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen but Holmgren doesn't sound high on him.

"I wish I liked him more," he said. "You know how you have a type of player that you like? It's not scientific. People like him a lot. He'll go high. But it would be hard for me [to take him]."

Though Jake Delhomme wasn't guaranteed the starting job, it appears that's the way the 2010 season is shaping up. Holmgren didn't indicate the Browns had any interest in using their second round pick on a quarterback and any one selected after that probably wouldn't be a candidate to start.

"Next year might be easier. We've got [three picks in the third round and four in the fifth round] going for us. But I'd have to have another second-round pick [to take a quarterback in the second round]."

Read more about the Browns and their quarterback search at Dawgs By Nature.

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