I have said since midway through the 2009 season that Clausen will be a starting quarterback in the NFL for a good number of years as long as he avoids injury. He was more developed at Notre Dame than Brady Quinn was and his off the field issues don't bother me whatsoever.
Joseph Hoffman of WalterFootball came up with an excellent defense of Jimmy Clausen, one very thorough as to why #7 didn't have the same success at Notre Dame that many felt he should have had. You can read that article here.
It's good to find someone else out there that supports Clausen as a potential pro, I know most Notre Dame fans do as well but the hate that is put on him by much of the national media can drive you crazy at times.
-Also, be sure to vote in the elite eight of the "Best ND Football Player of the Past 25 Years" tournament that is going on. Get your votes in and tell your Irish buddies!