Prospect To Watch: Jimmy Clausen

If you’re as obsessed with the NFL offseason as I am, then you will love reading these recurring segments as much as I’m going to love writing them.  I am going to do some VERY preliminary speculation as to who the Vikings might have their eye on during next year’s offseason, whether it be free agency or the draft.

I do make a few assumptions in these speculations.  First and foremost, I assume that the Vikings will win the Super Bowl (I know, I’m a homer of grand proportions) and will therefore be choosing 32nd in the draft.  I also assume that the Vikings will lose Brett Favre and possibly Tarvaris Jackson after this season.  Finally, I am running under my current assessment that Quarterback and Safety will be the team’s biggest needs heading into the offseason. 

So, in short, trust me when I say that I understand that a lot can change between now and when offseason moves actually happen.  But for now I will run under these assumptions and perhaps make Saturdays a little more exciting to watch if you have the opportunity to observe some of these prospects.

The first prospect is Jimmy Clausen, the quarterback out of Notre Dame.  He’s now a junior and has really played above expectations so far this year after a somewhat up and down career.  He is 6’ 3”, 220 lbs.  and as a junior tossed 3,172 yards and 25 touchdowns.  Interceptions are the big knock against him as he threw 17 last year, but after the way he’s opened this season I think that number could decrease significantly this season.  Because of the high interception ratio, Clausen would probably be a second or third round pick if the draft were held today.

But the draft isn’t going to be held today or else I would have taken the day off of work, so Clausen still has a season to prove himself and try to climb the draft boards.  He got off to a great start on opening weekend against Nevada.  He was incredibly accurate in his 15 of 18 for 315 yards and four touchdowns. 

In his second week, Clausen faced a tougher matchup as the Irish lost an away game to Michigan.  While Clausen struggled a bit more, he still had a respectable outing.  He was 25 of 42 with 336 yards and three touchdowns.  Again, he threw no interceptions.

If Clausen continues to play well, I think he is bound to climb the draft board and end up in round one next April.  In my book he is already threatening to get drafted ahead of Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy, and if his play continues to improve then he could give Sam Bradford and Jevon Snead a run for their money.

So why would the Vikings be interested?  Well, Clausen is known for his strong arm and fairly accurate long ball.  If I was looking to draft a rookie stud to spread this offense out and give Adrian Peterson some room to run, this would be my guy.

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5 Responses to “Prospect To Watch: Jimmy Clausen”

  1. starrc10 says:

    I do not think Chilli will draft a QB in the 1st round, be it pick#1 or #32… he seems to think he should only draft them during the 4th-6th rounds. And, assuming we win the Super Bowl, he will still be coaching for us.

    That being said… here’s hoping, I love ND football!

  2. Adam Warwas says:

    A lot of people (myself included) thought Chili would never pick a first round wide out… and then Percy gets drafted.

    If both Favre and T-Jack are goners next year, then the team will have no choice but to look to the draft for help. especially with Eli and Rivers gettting their extensions… free agency will be highlighted by Kyle Orton and Jason Campell.

    Woo hoo?

  3. Adam Warwas says:

    I’ll be out all day Saturday, so enjoy the pre-game festivities and college game day everyone! I’ll see you Sunday for the Live Blog!

  4. starrc10 says:

    I tried to watch Jimmy yesterday… but the commercials/ND on defense was always one when I flipped over.

  5. Andrew says:

    NO WAY he’ll come out, but give some love to Ryan Mallet, ARKANSAS QB, who in my opinion is the best NFL prospect. People forget when Clausen came out he himself was the number one recruit in the country, but Mallet was right there at number two behind him. As far as Clausen fitting in Minnesota, I like where your heads at. INT’s were a draw back, but this year, despite having limited talent around him (plus his number one recever is hurt), he’s been extremely accurate and efficient with the ball. He throws with high velocity, and I think his cocky swagger could fit him in. Talk about talent in the backfield, him handing it off to ADAP?

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