Originally posted by Niners23:
Originally posted by 52isabeast:
If the team sticks to the draft BPA philosophy and he's there at 13 or 17 then I'm for it. QB may not be the biggest NEED for this team, but if you can add a guy who is great in the clutch and has the physical tools to succeed than you take him.
10-6 and maybe a playoff win is what Alex will probably get us. If you have a QB that's half the battle in this league.
Let me close by saying that I am perfectly fine with sitting back and letting the board do the work for us in this draft. If we get a QB (Clausen) great, but if we got Haden and Davis? Great..... If we got Bulaga and Graham? great..
This team needs talent on a lot of levels and short of WR and TE I don't think we can look at any positions and say "We're good here."
One of the biggest knocks on Clausen is that he wasn't good in the clutch, and there is a genuine fear of how he would handle the pressure of the NFL as he seemed to be fairly sheltered at ND.
I am surprised by that one.....he led them on the comeback scoring late against Michigan, He led them almost all the way back against USC (when the defense laid down), Purdue? I am not a ND fan but I thought he led them back in at least 4 games. In the games they lost, the Offense gave them a lead that their D couldn't hold onto.
I'll give you the "he's cocky, arrogant, and needs to work on relationships with teammates" argument. But I feel that if you're a leader on your team than you have to have some command and cockiness. (See Phillip Rivers for example) But he was voted Captain by his teammates which shows a level of respect and he's been prepared for this type of a role his whole life.
We had people working with Alex on fundamentals 2 and 3 years ago and this kid has better fundamentals coming out than probably any of our QB's have right now.
I don't think he'll be available, but as I keep saying -- BPA has to be the model we follow this draft