I don't get some of you guys. I certainly remember another quarterback that we took out of Notre Dame that was pretty darn good and his name was JOE MONTEGNA.
There was also a time when we had 2 quarterbacks on our roster that took us all the way to a little thing called THE SUPERBALL.
So, if you're thinking we can't have 2 good quarterbacks on the team at the same time then that's not a good reason not to draft Clausen. It's simple. If you grade him higher than Smith, then you take him. If you think about it, Clausen's experience in a pro style offense is the total antithesis of Smith's experience. He should be able to start early on without the steep learning curve that Smith dealt with. Also, I have nothing against Smith but he really hasn't done enough not to have his position on the team challenged. Further, having Smith is actually a good thing cuz it lets Clausen sit for a time and actually learn the offense. Something Smith never got to do. Lastly, we still have the pick at 17 to spend on an OT. Good chance Davis or Iupati will be available. We also have a 2nd rounder to grab a guard if we want. The offensive line can still have a strong upgrade.
I hope this helps