Jimmy Clausen Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2010 Prospects > QB > Jimmy Clausen

Jimmy Clausen Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: Independent
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #7
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 223 lbs.
Drafted 2.16 in 2010 by CAR

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

With all due respect to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, the Fighting Irish's Jimmy Clausen has established himself as the best pocket passer in this draft. A highly touted high school player, the 6-foot-2 passer took the Notre Dame starting QB job in the second game of his true freshman year and never looked back. Clausen started nine games in 2007, throwing for 1,254 yards with a 56.3 completition percentage (138-245) and a 7-6 touchdown-interception ratio. The numbers are not mind-boggling, but put them with a visibly weak offensive line, a lackluster running attack and almost no speed outside, and they are a testament to his ability. Clausen had a breakthrough sophomore campaign in 2008, when he passed for 3,172 yards, completing 60.9% (268-440) of his passes with an impressive 25-17 TD/INT ratio. He threw for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and only 4 interceptions this past year to solidify his status as one of the best signal callers in the country. The best QB prospect in his class. Has a strong arm and is capable of making all throws with zip and accuracy. Has an efficient setup and over the top delivery motion. Typically shows good power and touch on deep balls. Has improved his accuracy significantly during the past two years. Has a pro-style release. Usually definse the defense at the line, making pre-snap adjustments in pass protection. Is a deceptively good athlete. Shows quick footwork when moving in the pocket and consistently moves and slides to avoid sacks. Is very experienced in a pro-style offense set. Though, will have to work on his footwork. If his release is off, he struggles to put velocity on downfield throws. Hasn't produced much on underneath areas. Will scramble for the occasional first down, but can't take off and run for big chunks of yardage. Is not a vocal leader and can be rattled when the pocket collapses. Clausen is the best pure passer the draft has seen since Matt Ryan in 2008 and with more coaching he should develop into a top flight NFL quarterback. He is a sure fire top 5 pick with the real possibility of being the first overall pick.

Last Updated Jan-31-2010 by Raul Colon

28 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Once again Jimmy has a great arm and I believe he know's that up in the air pass mentality wont work in the NFL but after a good pro day in south bend he will boost up in everyone's draft board along with just about all the kids being drafted from notre dame and Golden Tate will go from a early second round pick to a mid first rounder

Posted by:
gpez2012 01/28/10 07:13 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Jimmy Clausen has propelled himself up the draft boards faster than almost any other player. He had a rough first couple years while the Irish were replacing the offensive line, and building back the recieving core. With a solid line, and great recievers Clausen had one of the best years of any quarterback. He has a solid arm, great accuracy, and best of all has very good footwork. He has been in a pro-style system for 3 years and will easily adjust to the NFL. Can through the fade route to the corner of the end zone as good as any quarterback I've ever seen. Is a good leader of the team, despite what many outside the program may say. Has been behind awful offensive lines and was able to stay healthy of any major injuries. Great size.

Posted by:
irishdriver77 01/24/10 01:29 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Im not quite sure if i like clausen as much as all you, well besides jdgiddens, I remember watching ND-SC and Clausen had three chances to win the ball game inside the redzone. First pass went OVER THE MIDDLE WITH 17 SECONDS LEFT which got them to the 5 yard line. Then on the last play, which would later be reviewed and was decided there was one second, he threw it at Golden Tate but threw it out of the endzone. Then on the last play Clausen sat in the pocket for what seemed like 1.2 seconds and not even waiting for the break off of the wide receiver Jimmy carelessly over threw the receiver, not quite sure who it was, by about three yards

Posted by:
jkk0752 01/20/10 12:10 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Clausen will be an outstanding QB at the NFL level. He is very intelligent, reads defenses well, anticipates well, puts the ball on the right side of the receiver - away from the defender. He can lob the corner shot in the end zone. He can hit the slants, the dump-offs. He doesn't fix on one receiver, he checks down well. His work ethic is outstanding and he can run, although not as nifty as some. In a nutshell, he does all the things that JaMarcus Russell of the Raiders can't / or doesn't do. If I were Al Davis, I would dump the elephant and put my marbles on Clausen. What was his TD/INT ratio - something like 27-3? Hello out there.

Posted by:
hammergramp 01/07/10 08:53 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Clausen has no help? I'll give you the line isn't great but it is decent. His two receivers are great players Tate will be a late first, early second and runs a 4.4-4.5 thats not speed? what about Michael Floyd he's also a first round pick next year. Not to mention Kyle Rudolph a first round pick at TE next year. If you've ever watched Notre Dame which clearly you haven't you'd realize he just throws it up and hopes one of his great receivers comes down with it.

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jmw0729 12/29/09 04:18 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

i woulld know if clausen will be succesful. Im sure you didn'yt go to a notre dame game the past three years. I've been to three in 07' two in 08' and four this year. I went to many of games when Brady Quinn played and with all due respect Clausen is much more accurate, has a stronger arm and more effiect. All say one thing negative about clausen he isn't much of a runner. But he still can get out of pressure.

Posted by:
sethmajewski 12/23/09 08:13 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Bust come on who is your spectacular qb mccoy tebow bradford snead keenum. They will be busts. I think tony pike will be better than all those qb's. I on't get where you get the bust. Respond and tell me how he'll be a bust. U surley aren't an irish fan.

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sethmajewski 12/23/09 08:08 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Colts are going to win the super bowl. Why not Golden tate.

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sethmajewski 12/23/09 08:05 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

We all are forgeting about Jimmy Clausen's favorite target last year Golden Tate. The 49ers most likely have two picks in the top 10. Perhaps, 9 and 10. If Clausen is still around and Golden tate is looming at 10 why not. It could be like last year. A defesive backfields worst nightmare.

Posted by:
sethmajewski 12/23/09 08:03 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

If clausen can go to a team that blocks can catch and play some defense, then Clausen is going to throw for 5,000 yards 30 touchdowns and probaly only 5 to 6 picks. Here's a scenario, Favre(yeah right) retires Vikings trade with the Browns, Seahawks, Redskins someone like that. Vikings get Clausen. Vikings would win the Super Bowl. With Peterson and Taylor, with Harvin and Rice and Berrian, and Allen and the Williams defensive tackles, and maybe another key draft pick the Vikings are 16-0.

Posted by:
sethmajewski 12/23/09 08:00 PM

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