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Let the Clausen posturing begin

Jimmy Clausen should really stay away from the television and computers today.

After an interminable first round for him, he’s likely to be included in every rumor and smokescreen Friday.

We don’t think Mike Holmgren and the Browns can wait to take him at No. 38 if they really did want him.  It could require a trade up to No. 33 (Rams) or No. 34 (Vikings.)

Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman is excited about his team’s position and hinted more than once he’s not focused on one player, as Florio mentioned earlier.

“We have four guys on top,”  he said.  [Editor’s note:  That’s what she said.]

Translation: We’re open for business.  Expect to hear similar comments from St. Louis later today.

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21 Responses to “Let the Clausen posturing begin”
  1. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 23, 2010 8:45 AM

    Jimmy Clausen must be incredibly excited about the prospects of joining the Browns. I mean, look at how great the Browns were to the last Charlie Weiss quarterback disciple from Notre Dame, Brady Quinn!
    Just imagine, Jimmy – you too could get paid for the next three years for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING….
    While taking in all the lovely sites of Lake Erie and Downtown Cleveland….

  2. usher says: Apr 23, 2010 8:47 AM

    Move up and grab him Buffalo!

  3. dangerousdave44 says: Apr 23, 2010 8:48 AM

    I realize it’s unlikely, but I would be overjoyed if Oakland managed to get him because (a) He’d already have a chip on his shoulder from dropping out of the first round and (b) he’d have Tebow on the roster of a division rival. How much more motivation would he need to want to work hard and play well for the Raiders.

  4. Skin_Flute says: Apr 23, 2010 8:49 AM

    What happens if the Wies convinces the Chiefs to move up and get Clausen, showing the rest of the league that Cassell isn’t their QBF (not the time traveling kind)? Would McDaniels then trade the rest of the Broncos’ draft to acquire the initial object of his obsession?

  5. cliffcla says: Apr 23, 2010 8:49 AM

    The Vikings seem to be content with just stockpiling in this draft. Since they had that final four clause going against them in free agency. I just cant believe they would skip on Clausen in the SECOND round. Heck they still might try to trade down more and get McCoy later in the second round. But everyone seems against this. I think McCoy would be a great fit… Oh well.

  6. FlourideSoldOut says: Apr 23, 2010 8:50 AM

    Screw Clausen, enough already, What about McCoy! He’s the best QB in the draft how come you ain’t talking about him?
    Can’t wait to see McCoy exact his revenge on all the teams that passed on him in the NFL.

  7. cliffcla says: Apr 23, 2010 8:50 AM

    The Vikings seem to be content with just stockpiling in this draft. Since they had that final four clause going against them in free agency. I just cant believe they would skip on Clausen in the SECOND round. Heck they still might try to trade down more and get McCoy later in the second round. But everyone seems against this. I think McCoy would be a great fit… Oh well.

  8. the_firm_09 says: Apr 23, 2010 8:54 AM

    No kidding , so many good players on the board , whys everyone worrying about this choker .

  9. bobinpuertorico says: Apr 23, 2010 8:55 AM

    Buffalo may have added a wonderful player with Spiller, but they already had one RB who had 1,000 yards rushing with a pathetic O-line last year and another who went over 1,000 yards rushing in both of his first two years, went to the Pro Bowl and just turned 24 this month. In order to take another RB with their first round pick, the Bills did not address critical needs (LT, QB and NT) and did not trade down to get more picks. The Bills still need to add solid players at LT, QB and NT, but they only have two picks today (#41 and #72). Fortunately, they are changing from a 3/4 to a 4/3, so they have some former starters who just do not fit the 3/4. Also, due to the success of rookie Jairus Byrd (Pro Bowl FS who tied for the league lead in interceptions) they can afford to move former FS starter and #8 draft pick Donte Whitner. Buddy Nix needs to get on the phone to St. Louis and give them what ever it takes to get the #33 pick, without giving up #41 or #72. He can offer DT Kyle Williams, plus FS Donte Whitner, plus weakside OLB Keith Ellison, plus late round picks or even a second or third from 2111. If this does not work, then offer them next year’s first round pick and one of these players. Just get that #33 and then take Jimmy Clausen, Then with #41 and #72 take the best available NT and OT, in the order that offers the best value. This may be the only way that the Bills can fill their three most critical needs (unless they want to trade Spiller to the Patriots for two or three of their second round picks).

  10. jallen69 says: Apr 23, 2010 8:57 AM

    “While taking in all the lovely sites of Lake Erie and Downtown Cleveland….”
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM

  11. cribbslady says: Apr 23, 2010 9:00 AM

    ItalianArmyGuy
    Clearly you were too excited to rip on Cleveland, like we haven’t heard it all before, that you haven’t been paying attention to what Cleveland has been doing in the past 24 hours.
    Clausen more than likely isn’t coming to Cleveland. Holmgren wouldn’t give up any picks to move up and get Berry in round 1, he’s surely not giving them up to get Clausen in round 2. We have way too many needs and their are other QB’s we could aquire to take in the “lovely sites of Lake Erie and Downtown Cleveland.”
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Niner Jeff says: Apr 23, 2010 9:01 AM

    You also won’t see Clausen on any fantasy football sleepers list: http://www.fantasyfootballstarters.com/2010-fantasy-football-sleepers.jsp
    He will be the third player selected today in round #2

  13. Big Stretch says: Apr 23, 2010 9:13 AM

    Come on Buffalo give up Marshawn or Whitner or both and a future pick to move up and get Clausen or McCoy. maybe tale Safford or Campbell.
    Buffalo has got to be active today, I love the Spiller pick, because Marshawn wants out, and frankly he has gotten worse every year so get rid of him, Byrd is better than Whitner so he can be moved too…..Let’s go Buddy make something happen today so that the Bills can at least try to keep up with the division.

  14. pray4thebills says: Apr 23, 2010 9:19 AM

    @bobinpuertorico
    Great analysis, but you forgot to mention the possible trade value of Marshawn, who they really should have traded before the draft (and then picked up a veteran rb to serve as a smoke screen for getting spiller) becuase now every team in the league knows the bills are desparate to drop Marshawn, which decreases his value. Evenstill, they should use pick #72 and Marshawn or Whitner as leverage to make sure they get McCoy, who I like better than Clausen.

  15. NomNoms says: Apr 23, 2010 9:21 AM

    @bobinPuerto
    I know Man. the bills get harder to root for everyear. Its an exciting position RB and im sure all of the fans will get behind this move in a week or so. Its nothing against stiller I think he will be a beast, but luxary picks are for teams that make the playoffs. We had way too many needs to take this guy. Marshawn who had shitty value before this pick is either gonna get cut or we might get a 6th or 7th for him. weve killed his value. If buffalo was gonna take a RB the least the could have done is ship out marshawn before the crippled his minimal value. As a bills fan this is just so damn typical. Clausen sounds good in the 2nd but who really knows

  16. fc1_87 says: Apr 23, 2010 9:27 AM

    Wasn’t Brady Quinn supose to be NFL ready because he played under Wise?

  17. cliffcla says: Apr 23, 2010 9:36 AM

    I think this might be the first Vikings draft in years that I have been apprehensive about

  18. Mattiturd says: Apr 23, 2010 9:58 AM

    McCoy looks to be a much better QB option than Clausen. Why the love affair with this guy?

  19. BIG BLUE in tx says: Apr 23, 2010 10:31 AM

    It’s not that Clausen is so great, it’s that mccoy is so overrated. You don’t have to take my word for it look at all the teams that passedo n him. He’s the 4th best qb in a mediocre qb draft… AND he played for ut and you know how poorly they tranistion into the real world.

  20. Cougar Bait says: Apr 23, 2010 10:56 AM

    Man, I bet you can’t wipe the smug grin off of McShay’s face after Clausen fell out of the first round.

  21. olskool711 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:31 AM

    If the Browns take Clausen or McCoy I think they are making a big mistake.
    I think (I hope) MH is smart enough to know this.
    Clearly, they needed to sell the farm to get Bradford and they chose not to do it. I think it was a mistake.

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