For a guy who thought just days ago he may be a top ten or fifteen draft pick, former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen had one helluva tough last day. After falling out of the first round of the NFL Draft last night he was finally taken by the Carolina Panthers with the 48th overall pick.
Clausen was projected by nearly everyone to be a first round draft pick in large part due to a fantastic junior season at Notre Dame, throwing for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. This numbers came in a season where Clausen dealt with turf toe issues that forced him to play at far less than 100% in most games, he was originally injured against Michigan State in week three of the season.
The Panthers sit with Matt Moore also on the roster, he was 85 of 138 for 1053 yards last year while throwing 8 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. Jake Delhomme had been the starter in Carolina for years before struggling to open the 2009 season, he was since cut and signed by the Cleveland Browns.
Clausen will no doubt compete to get on the field very soon with where he wound up in Carolina. Despite the fall in the draft, this is one of the better positions for Clausen to go if you are ranking in order of quickest opportunities to get on the field...and heck, not being an Oakland Raider is always a good thing.
How Tim Tebow was drafted before Jimmy Clausen still confuses the hell out of me, expect Josh McDaniels to be out of a job in no more than two years in Denver. The slide in the draft likely cost Clausen $35 million dollars or more had he been taken in the first 10 picks or so like many thought he was going to be.
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