After being showered with praise by both Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski, quarterback Jimmy Clausen appears to be a growing option for the Browns with the seventh overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft. First off, the draft is next week?! Secondly, despite Mike Holmgren’s past opinion of Clausen – that he just wasn’t all that impressed with the Notre Dame quarterback – it would seem that he has begun to warm up to the idea of Clausen wearing the orange and brown.
NFL experts continue to praise Clausen’s accuracy and mindset, which has led to Holmgren perhaps changing his tune. Sources say that since Clausen’s visit to Cleveland, Holmgren has begun to like the idea of drafting the quarterback, and hasn’t ruled him out as an option with that seventh pick.
Jimmy Clausen puts the Browns in a precarious situation. One one hand, Clausen is yet another Notre Dame quarterback the Browns could draft, and they just got done shipping off their previous Notre Dame mistake to the Denver Broncos. A pick like this would be very polarizing among Browns fans, even if it’s solely for the psychological reasons. However, if a player like safety Eric Berry is still available, along with Clausen, what do the Browns do? Fans would be pleased with drafting Berry, but how much would we all be kicking ourselves if Clausen turns into the next big thing?
Mike Holmgren has a history of drafting quarterbacks, so he obviously has no problem taking a chance on one in the hope that he develops into something. All of this could be smoke and mirrors, but don’t be so surprised if the Browns do end up taking Jimmy Clausen on draft day.