Former Irish and soon to be NFL quarterback Jimmy Clausen was featured on this week’s issue of ESPN the Magazine with an interesting look. Clausen graces both the front and back covers – a picture of him from a photo shoot on the front and a computer generated “Avatar” of the hopeful first rounder on the back.
The main feature on Clausen is a very thorough examination of Clausen’s throwing motion. The piece breaks down Clausen’s motion and talks about how it came natural to him even before he started working with quarterback guru Steve Clarkston in high school or Charlie Weis in college.
When it comes to throwing a football, Jimmy Clausen’s motions are near perfect. His sublime mechanics give him an important edge over his peers and have made him a top prospect in this year’s NFL draft. In “As Easy As 1, 2, 3… 756, 757, 758” ESPN The Magazine writer David Fleming dissects the former Notre Dame QB’s forward pass to find out what he does and how he makes it looks so simple.
Where Clausen ends up in this month’s draft is still anyone’s guess after the Donovan McNabb trade to Washington shock up everyone’s mock draft last week. Right now the best bets still seem to be Oakland, Cleveland or Buffalo of the team in the top 10 or possibly Jacksonville or San Francisco outside the top 10.
As for the back cover of the magazine that features Clausen’s “Avatar”, the digital Clausen is an advertisement for the upcoming DVD release for the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar. The text on the advertisement is in Na’vi (the language of the natives in the film) and can be trasnlated as “Noble Warrior; He Is Strong; He Is Ready”.
Clausen, who has been a lightning rod for criticism on the internet since his Hummer ride to the College Hall of Fame announcement back in 2006, is sure to take some more flack from a lot of the sports blogs over his “Avatar”, but it is interesting none the less that Clausen is the prospect ESPN choose for the cover of it’s Draft Preview issue.