When the Cleveland Browns traded former Notre Dame star quarterback Brady Quinn last week, there was some speculation that the move meant the Browns were looking at drafting Jimmy Clausen as their new quarterback of the future. Comments from Cleveland president Mike Holmgren Sunday, suggest otherwise.
Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:
“I wish I liked him (Clausen) 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].”
Either Holmgren is playing games or he really isn’t interested in drafting Clausen. It’s not surprising that Holmgren would downplay his interest in a potential draft pick, it is surprising in the manner in which he made his comments though. He almost went out of his way to say he didn’t like Clausen.
Clausen meanwhile shouldn’t lose too much sleep over it – the Browns are in horrible shape right now and barely have a semblance of an offense for any quarterback to succeed, let alone excel in. They recently traded for Senneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme to hold down their quarterback situation – a sign that the new regime might be willing to build the team back up before investing in their next quarterback of the future.
Even if the Browns do indeed steer clear of Clausen, it’s doubtful that he will make it outside of the top 10. Both Washington at #4 and Buffalo at #9 have been linked to Clausen in various mock drafts. From a Notre Dame fan’s perspective, Washington would be the better of the two destinations with some solid, young weapons on the Redskin offense.
As a die-hard Eagles fan though, it would be very tough to cheer for the Redskins when they aren’t playing my beloved Birds.