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Kiper: Seahawks won't take Clausen

Thumbnail image for J. Clausen.jpgThe Seahawks have two picks in the first round, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper said on a conference call Wednesday they won’t use either of them on Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Kiper cited multiple sources that Pete Carroll won’t take the player he once tried to recruit to USC.  That news isn’t a shocker.  When the Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst, the chances of drafting Clausen went way down.

The Seahawks may not love Clausen, but Kiper does.  While Kiper’s foil Todd McShay gives Clausen a second round grade, Kiper says Clausen is a better prospect than Sam Bradford.

“I do it for no other reason than how [Clausen] played, how he performed,”
Kiper said. “He was playing through torn ligaments in his toe, and a lot
of people don’t know that. People who don’t like him can’t give me a
good reason why they don’t.”

Kiper projects Clausen to the Raiders at No. 8 in his latest mock draft. 

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35 Responses to “Kiper: Seahawks won't take Clausen”
  1. TJ says: Apr 7, 2010 1:40 PM

    If Kiper says 2nd he’ll be a 1st and probably pretty good

  2. raybin says: Apr 7, 2010 1:44 PM

    “People who don’t like him can’t give me a good reason why they don’t.”
    It’s the crux of the matter. Kiper has it right; the arguments against Clausen boil down to “He’s a bit of a jerk and I don’t like him”
    Significant starting experience? Check.
    Pro style offense? Check.
    NFL caliber arm? Check.
    Good mechanics? Check.
    Accuracy? Check.
    Why he isn’t a consensus top 10-15 pick is beyond me

  3. chipwade says: Apr 7, 2010 1:50 PM

    I would like to see the Seahawks skip all of the razzle and dazzle picks and go for Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga with their 1st rd picks. Rebuild that line quick and have Max Unger play center. The O-Line was absolutely terrible last year.

  4. RFM says: Apr 7, 2010 1:52 PM

    Wow, Clausen to the Raiders. Kiper doesn’t think the Raiders are a little gunshy paying big money to ANOTHER first round QB?

  5. chipwade says: Apr 7, 2010 2:03 PM

    “He’s a bit of a jerk and I don’t like him”, that sounds just like Philip Rivers.

  6. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    @RFM
    Are they supposed to never get another QB again because they failed miserably with Claussen?

  7. CowboysDuke says: Apr 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    TJ,
    Kiper says he will be a 1st round pick, and a high one at that. McShay is giving him a 2nd round grade. Try to read the article before you open your mouth.

  8. Rick says: Apr 7, 2010 2:08 PM

    I laugh that ESPN makes you pay to view their Kiper and his Dingleberry Mcshay’s stuff

  9. milehiclown says: Apr 7, 2010 2:08 PM

    The Raiders are gun shy? About anything? LMFAO.
    THEY [STILL] SUCK.

  10. Raider Roy says: Apr 7, 2010 2:10 PM

    Clausen to the Raiders???…..i know we get reputation as a bad drafting team but come on, every Raider fan knows there’s 3 positions we’re not drafting with the 8th ovr pick and thats QB, RB and WR….too much money invested there already…

  11. jb10 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:13 PM

    hmmm clausen to the raiders? as a raiders fan i’m not sure how i would feel about that happening.
    i don’t like clausen and his attitude but he sure seems to fit the bill as an nfl qb.

  12. boomersooner says: Apr 7, 2010 2:16 PM

    Why is Bradford better than Clausen?
    Because Bradford had more yards, touchdowns, a higher completion percentage, and career qb rating than Clausen.
    And Bradford played for one less year than Clausen.
    And how many games did Clausen win in his three years at ND?
    Nothing against Clausen. Just looking at the tape.

  13. Munze Konza says: Apr 7, 2010 2:19 PM

    Chipwade – you are absolutely right! Why hasn’t anyone else other than you mentioned the possibility of going LT and G with the first two picks? The line is horrendous and with those two and Max Unger we would be young, but very good for many years. They could make an average RB look very very good.

  14. pondbridge says: Apr 7, 2010 2:22 PM

    And McCoy is better than both Clausen and Bradford. Duh– a character guy who just wins. Wake up Jacked-n-Pumped.

  15. Florio-is-a-tool says: Apr 7, 2010 2:24 PM

    So those torn ligaments made him act like a prima donna douche? I’ll try and remember that Mel.

  16. mastablasta says: Apr 7, 2010 2:39 PM

    boomersooner says:
    April 7, 2010 2:16 PM
    Why is Bradford better than Clausen?
    Because Bradford had more yards, touchdowns, a higher completion percentage, and career qb rating than Clausen.
    And Bradford played for one less year than Clausen.
    And how many games did Clausen win in his three years at ND?
    Nothing against Clausen. Just looking at the tape
    wow,kinda obvious you have zero clue!!

  17. Butt Plug says: Apr 7, 2010 2:44 PM

    @BoomerSooner- If Clausen had Bradfords team, and Bradford had Clausens there would be no tape to look at. Bradford wouldn’t have survived his first year.

  18. abfish15 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:48 PM

    Not that “BoomerSooner” is biased or anything…
    First of all, McCoy was at OU for 4 years (He’s a true senior and a redshirt junior); Clausen at ND for 3 (where he was thrown to the wolves behind the worst o-line in ND history as a true freshman).
    Meanwhile, McCoy was protected (for his 2 record-setting years) by an incredible, all-NFL line (seriously, Duke Robinson, Phil Loadholt, Trent Williams, etc.) and allowed to sit in the shotgun with no pressure – UNTIL this year, when he got hurt twice.
    Clausen played through torn ligaments in his foot, had absolutely no running game, dealt with prolonged injuries and absences of both Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph, and had to run for his life for 3 consecutive years.
    Basically, BoomerSooner (and Clausen-haters) think Bradfords better b/c ND’s defense was terrible (and therefore made CLausen’s W-L record poor), Charlie Weis is fat, and Clausen is a “cocky asshole” who got punched in the face.
    If you actually watch the tape, you’ll see a qb with a lightning quick release, remarkable accuracy and an ability and penchant for driving his team to tying and winning scores in the last minute of the game. And a qb who actually dealt with adversity and thrived after facing it. Bradford has yet to prove he can deal w/ the rush, or any kind of negative result (what has he done since he got bumrushed by Florida in the natl champ game? Got hurt twice and put on 20 lbs)

  19. Brohamma says: Apr 7, 2010 2:50 PM

    I’ve been mocking Clausen to the Seapigeons for about 3 weeks now.. and even with this I’m not changing it.
    Here’s why. Pete Carroll has drafted in the NFL before and he also has a brain. If they want Clausen then they need to be avoiding him like the plague and getting people like Kiper to do exactly what he’s done. The worst thing to happen in Seattle’s case is for St. Louis to get cold feet, regarding Bradford’s shoulder issues and nab Clausen.
    Why does everyone say “new coach, new regime, new qb”? Because it’s fact. Why should Seattle be any different? Because they went out and overpaid for Whitehurst?
    Hasselbeck needs to get the moving company on standby.

  20. heavyj39 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:54 PM

    boomersooner,
    and by tape I think you meant numbers?? I am not saying either one is better than the other (because like you I have not watched the tape) but to quote stats and then refer to the “tape” is just a moronic statement. Colt Brennen, Tommy Chung, Alex Smith, Grahm Harrel all had huge numbers too.

  21. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 7, 2010 2:57 PM

    @ boomersooner
    nothing you stated has anything to do with tape. you are looking at statistics. Which is the OPPOSITE of tape. Stats wont show you the nice clean pocket Bradford threw from 80% of the time vs. the relentless pressure Clausen faced on a consistent basis. Stats wont show you Clausen limping down the field picking apart a defense on a game winning drive in the 4th quarter but the tape will.
    But here is an interesting stat. Any time Bradford got sacked multiple times in a game, they were 3-3. And that’s the same team that was blowing teams out by an average of 35 points a game.
    So the key was to put pressure on Bradford, if you did you had a 50% chance of winning. 0-1 sacks against Bradford, Oklahoma was 21-1. Tell me? How many multiple game sacks will Bradford see in St. Louis?

  22. db3300 says: Apr 7, 2010 3:02 PM

    “every Raider fan knows there’s 3 positions we’re not drafting with the 8th ovr pick and thats QB, RB and WR….too much money invested there already…”
    I got news for you Raider Roy: the team is investing that money just by picking #8 and they need a QB. What makes you think they’ll hang on to Chunk if they pick Claussen? Your team needs a QB who is not a known bust (yet). If they get one, Russell will be cut before the end of the draft and your other big investment takes care of itself.
    If “every” Raider fan already knows this, maybe you should drop a line to Al because he’s still drafting based on marquee name value and a set of darts flung at a board with the accuracy of a 90 year old Parkinson’s patient – not necessarily by need.
    But now there’s this perfect storm of need AND a marquee name. If Claussen is there, there’s a good chance he’ll be your new QB unless Al remains defiant in face of what everyone already knows about Russell or unless his diseased arm accidentally flails one towards Otto Graham. Either way, you’ll wind up with a better QB than what you already have.
    Certainly, you don’t think Gradkowsi and Fry are the answers?

  23. irish4life says: Apr 7, 2010 3:04 PM

    I agree with the comments above. Go O-line with the first 2 picks in the first round. Look at the Jets last year with there line. Sanchez handicapped them in being able to do certain things, but the line made it so they could run the ball well. It starts or stops with the Line that you have.

  24. DWat393 says: Apr 7, 2010 3:08 PM

    Florio…I still can’t believe that you tear ESPN’s draft analysts a new one on a regular basis and then use them as a story source the next day.
    If they’re so bad, then get your own information. You really can’t have it both ways.

  25. RFM says: Apr 7, 2010 3:09 PM

    @SteelCurtnDee
    No. Should the Raiders not learn from Matt Millen’s mistakes of taking a QB or WR with their first round pick for three or four straight years?

  26. Yash says: Apr 7, 2010 3:09 PM

    @boomersooner-
    you’re an idiot.
    if you’re just looking at the tape, Ron Dayne should have panned out as one of the top 5 RB’s in NFL history
    get a clue.

  27. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 7, 2010 3:20 PM

    Well duh.
    They didn’t sign Charlie Whitehurst to a boatload of money to be a back up.

  28. Big M says: Apr 7, 2010 3:26 PM

    People don’t like him because he’s a douche.
    All the arguments that can be made in favor of Clausen were made for Ryan Leaf.
    Personality is a huge factor, and teams that don’t get that or ignore it often pay the price down the road.
    That said, I think he has all the physical tools, but he’s a douche, so I would like no better than for him to go to Seattle: the NFL’s douche franchise.

  29. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 7, 2010 3:55 PM

    @ Big M
    Tell me what are you basing this on? Unless you know him personally or have a link that you can post of him acting like a douche or him being quoted as saying a douche-like quote then you’re opinion doesn’t matter
    . . . And I don’t want to hear about the Limo thing because that was neither his idea nor anybody’s intention, or getting punched because someone shoved his girlfriend.

  30. This is not news says: Apr 7, 2010 4:49 PM

    Rick Mirer.

  31. granadafan says: Apr 7, 2010 7:14 PM

    Raybin, ability is one thing, but he will go nowhere if his teammates hate him and he can’t lead worth a darn. Think Jeff George. All world ability with a 10 cent head.

  32. Bious says: Apr 7, 2010 7:48 PM

    Average arm
    Total prick
    Laughable long-ball
    No leadership
    Yup, I get why they are passing on him

  33. heisty says: Apr 7, 2010 10:11 PM

    chipwade, I agree about going with ol in the 1st rnd. The only problem is I don’t think we will have the chance to get both. I like Williams with 6 but Bulaga won’t be there at 14. If Iupatti is there I would take hime at 14 or go D with either Earl Thomas or a DE because we still need help on the d-line and secondary. I would pass on a wr,rb or qb in the 1st rnd.

  34. seahawks670 says: Apr 7, 2010 11:32 PM

    Thank God I don’t want him to play for the Seahawks and the Seahawks will draft Colt McCoy watch and see

  35. Tdk24 says: Apr 8, 2010 5:18 PM

    “Significant starting experience? Check.
    Pro style offense? Check.
    NFL caliber arm? Check.
    Good mechanics? Check.
    Accuracy? Check.”
    you forgot to add…
    Loses every game of significance? Check.

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