More Evidence Clausen Won’t Slide In 1st Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 16, 2010 – 2:25 pm

A while back, just after the Philadelphia Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, we made a case for why QB Jimmy Clausen would not experience a 1st round slide that could result in the Vikings taking the Notre Dame QB at #30.

The basis for our opinion that Clausen wouldn’t end up with the Vikings was independent of the Vikings actual feelings about him – I still don’t know what the Vikings think of Clausen – and was instead was more a product of the high number of teams that could easily justify using an early 1st round pick on a QB.

Ultimately, we guessed that Clausen could go as early as #7 to Cleveland or to San Francisco at #17 at the latest. Then we stumbled upon San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami (per, who made a compelling argument – citing a league source – that the furthest Clausen would fall is to the 49ers at pick #13 (San Francisco has two 1st round picks).

Because Jimmy Clausen is one of the draft-eligible players I’m asked about the most, I thought I would pass along Kawakami’s report. Let the draft-related speculation continue!

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21 Responses to “More Evidence Clausen Won’t Slide In 1st Round”

  1. By medcineball on Apr 16, 2010 | Reply

    I hope we don’t draft Clausen.

  2. By Nick on Apr 16, 2010 | Reply

    We should wait till next year and draft Jake Locker. Although We’ll have to probably move up since I predict we’ll win the superbowl. :D

  3. By purplehorn on Apr 16, 2010 | Reply

    I like Jerrod Johnson out of Texas A&M next year, but if the Vikings do select a QB this year, I’m thinking it will be Central Michigan’s LeFevour. The Vikings couldn’t lose with either guy- and many teams are settling down at QB.

  4. By CA Norwegian on Apr 16, 2010 | Reply

    With Two Too Tall Tackles, they need to draft the tallest one they can find! Brett mentioned in interviews not being able to see guys open over them.

  5. By Burnem83 on Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

    They will pick who ever will have best talent at 3o then will make a QB splash in the second if we do take a corner or safety in the first. We’ll have a night to think about it. They need to take advantage of Farve for one more let a new kid learn.

  6. By Benson on Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

    With the 30th pick the vikings select…….. Tim Tebow! I’m not a big fan of this pick but I have a feeling this year will be a first round qb for the vikes.

  7. By Benson on Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

    2nd round will be a corner

  8. By PAUL WaLL on Apr 17, 2010 | Reply

    Trade up and get CB Joe Haden….the dude is a “BEAST”!!!!!

  9. By CRIES_PMOFA on Apr 17, 2010 | Reply


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  11. By Robin S. on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    The number one thing we need is Brett back! He is the magic that makes our team the best. He brings out the best in all of his players. He is the best! I hope we take Tim Tebow! He is like Brett, he totally loves the game and will always give his best. I would love for him to learn from Brett. He would be very appreciative, not like Rodgers who was always jealous of Brett. Tim will be like Brett, great for football! Brett is the best to watch! He is Mr. Football! We love our Vikings! Win the Super Bowl!

  12. By purple08 on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings will never win the Superbowl with LORD FARVE. He will blow it somehow like he always does. He only has one ring and is the most overrated player of all time. He did have a good year but still blew it the end. Vikings are the ultimate chokers and their fans are terrible. They booed their own QB and their own coach. Disgusting. I love the Vikings but their fans are brutal. Go T-Jack!

  13. By Ben on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Booing the coach and QB for bad production is still not as bad as Jets fans booing Chad Pennington off the field when he had an injury. Also, using the ring argument to justify greatness is wrong. There have been great QB’s who have not won a superbowl. Guys like Fran Tarkenton and Dan Marino. Ultimately, it takes a team to win a superbowl not a just the QB. The Vikings made a lot of mistakes before Favre threw that interception in the Championship game. Also, the only good measure of greatness is consistency. Brett Favre has played well the majority of his career. Unlike some Qb’s he has not only been a great player but a great spokesman for the NFL.

  14. By Benson on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Corner in the first round is not necessary in my opinion Sapp can do a fine job over griffins spot If winfield decides to retire next year or faces injury I would put sapp as a starter he is a solid corner for the vikes in my opinion. Asher can handle the nickel position.

  15. By Benson on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    If taylor mays is still on the board at 30th I wouldn’t mind the vikings drafting him. If the vikes draft him I would pencil him as the starter possibly bench madieu, or tyrell and start mays and sanford. The vikings safties are a disappointment, that is the vikings weakness they need to address that in the draft.

  16. By purple08 on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ben,if it takes a team to win a superbowl, then how come Favre is the only one anybody talks about?

  17. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    Purple08 – It’s because most people are too ignorant to see beyond the QB. Whether things go good or bad for an offense, the credit goes to the QB much more often than not. Most people find it easier to pin success or failure on a single entity, and for any offense the easiest entity for that is the QB.

  18. By Dustin B on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    purple08- Favre is talked about non stop because its publicity. will he play will he not? it sells….and just like PPE said ….the QB gets the glory or he takes the punishment because he is the leader. and as far as the NFC championship game ….sorry there is no way you can throw that game on Favre’s shoulders due to one play….and im pretty sure that his RB’s and Reciever fumbled non stop. including AP’s fumble inside the five right before halftime. and a stupid penalty while in fieldgoal range to tie the game. So basically the Vikings played one of their worst games of the season and still almost beat the super bowl champions. that makes me feel pretty darn confident about this season…..and fyi im not a Favre fan so its a unbiased argument on my behalf.

  19. By Robin S. on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is great because he brings out the best in everyone on the team. Sure he makes mistakes like everyone else. He is human. But, for a 40 year old to go to a new team and have the chemistry he did with The Vikings was totally amazing to watch. He was great! He is great! And he is so much fun to watch! He is great for football! Everyone I know loves to watch Brett play and they love to watch him win! For him to go to Green Bay and beat them was a thrill to watch! It was a team effort but Brett is the leader that makes it all work. We all love the Man and will sure miss him when he does eventually retire. There will never be another 40 year old like him!

  20. By zthole56 on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings will draft Taylor Mays then Tim Tebow in the 2nd ound!

  21. By Ben on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    Purple08, Favre is obviously an integral part of the vikings. However, the Vikings were a playoff team before he came to minnesota. Part of the reason minnesota was such a good spot for Favre was the core group of talented players the vikings had already assembled.Case in point, it is widely believed that John Elway was unable to win a Superbowl until Denver surrounded him with good players, such a Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharp. I think any sports analyst would tell you that a QB is only as successful (winning games) as the amount of talent he has around him.

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