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Clausen defends his leadership ability

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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.

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Jimmy Clausen isn't a bad prospect, he just chose the wrong school coming out of high school. Nothing against Notre Dame, but USC gets the better talent, thats just the way it is. If Clausen would have gone to USC, he probably wouldn't even be coming out this season and would be the top prospect overall going into the 2011 draft. Can you imagine the numbers this guy would have put up at USC with their talent pool?

At Notre Dame he took his bumps as a freshman, but stepped it up as a sophomore, then as a junior he continued to improve by cutting his picks down from 17 as a sophomore to just 4 as a junior. And you gotta love the fact the guy completed 68% of his passes behind a subpar offensive line at Notre Dame this past season. Scouts like his arm, he doesn't have a rocket type, but can make all the throws. The thing I like about Clausen the most is his footwork in the pocket, the guy can avoid the rush and make things happen much like a Drew Brees. And a 68% completion percentage says a lot about that throwing behind a bad o-line.

As far as Seattle goes, I'd use that #6 pick on one of the tackle prospects like Russell Okung, and maybe my second rounder on Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour. Seattle needs line help bad and this is a strong tackle class with a lot of really good tackles coming out especially in the upper part of the first round. You have Matt Hasselbeck who should be good for at least two more seasons which would give a guy like LeFevour time to develope. LevFevour will prove to be this years steal at QB, he has a strong arm to go along with impressive mobility. LeFevour flew under the radar playing at Central Michigan but proved at the senior bowl he can run with the big boys. The guys got nice touch on his passes and can make things happen if things break down. I'd use a second rounder on him, I like him that much. If Seattle builds their line with a guy like Okung and developes LevFevour they could have a pretty good team in a few seasons, just an opinion now GO BEARS!!

HE CHOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL, HE TELLS YOU THAT IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH, THE STYLE OF PLAY THAT CHARLIE WEIS WAS USING FIT CLAUSEN TO A TEE!
HECK IF CLAUSEN HAD GONE TO USC, HE MIGHT NOT EVEN BE AT THE COMBINE RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER ABOUT COACH CHARLIE, BUT ONE THING YOU CAN'T SAY IS THAT HE DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB FOR CLAUSEN AND GOLDEN TATE, THESE GUYS ARE GOING TO NEED A BRINKS TRUCK TO GET ALL OF THAT SIGNING BONUS TO THE BANK!

Kevin 2 of the teams that pick before seattle are desperate for a QB, Clausen good go number 1 overall to the Rams. Will Okung even be their at 6? Him and McCoy are the two safe picks. Jones is supposedly retiring so they are desperate for a LT, QB, DT, DB, RB, WR, and DE. So your probably right, you can't go wrong with Okung.

But are you so desperate for draft talk that you are now mocking the seattle team instead of the Bears. Hahahahaha.

By the way the Bears are looking at another TA in the FA market to bring in to chicago, a blocking TE. Maybe Olsen is going to be traded. Biggs did a nice little piece about it. Olsen is apperarently worried about the Martz system. At least thats what Biggs said. We could get a second round pick, would that get your juices flowing?

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