Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen spent much of his interview session at the NFL Combine disputing what he described as "inaccurate perceptions" about his character and leadership ability.
"Some people say I'm cocky, I'm arrogant, that I'm not a good leader or a teammate," he said. "The people that are out there saying that don't know me as a person."
Clausen is considered one of the top quarterback prospects entering the draft. He has decided not to throw at the combine while he recovers from a foot injury.
One team that might have interest in Clausen is Seattle, which would mean he would be playing for Pete Carroll. The former USC coach beat Charlie Weis' Notre Dame teams in each of Clausen's three years in South Bend but Carroll recruited Clausen and Clausen said they have a good relationship.
"I definitely know coach Carroll very very well," Clausen said. "It came down to Notre Dame and USC, but coach Weis was the better pro-style option. Coach Carroll is a person, I love him to death. I haven't seen him yet [this week]. I hope to."
The rebuilding Seahawks might be in the market for a quarterback to replace Matt Hasselbeck, who has battled injures in recent years. Seattle has the sixth overall pick in the first round.