I don't understand why people don't like him. He's PRO READY! He's not going to take as long as Smith to "get it." He already understands it playing under Weis.
WE HAVE TO GET HIM HERE. A POTENTIAL FRANCHISE QB IN THE 2ND ROUND?! HOW MANY CAN YOU THINK OF?! OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, 1! BREES!
We need to trade up in the 2nd and get him. The defensive back can wait. The value that Clausen brings to the team outweighs the value of a rookie DB that probably won't even start this year.
Think about it, none of the QBs on the current roster scream "Franchise QB." Smith has this year, then he's a FA. Carr, well, need I say more? And Nate Davis, granted I like him, won't be ready for a while.
SO, IMO it would be most advantageous to take the 2nd highest rated QB in the DRAFT in the 2nd round. His contract wont be that heavy, he can sit the year to learn. If Smith struggles while we're still in the playoff hunt, we can put Clausen in. He'll have a running game, a good OL thanks to the first round, good receivers (Crab/Vernon/Morgan/Ginn) and a solid D to bail him out at times. That spells success for any ROOKIE QB.
If we pass on him in the 2nd, it might bite us in the ass down the road. I see him as Aaron Rodgers 2.0. The dude wants to prove everyone wrong right now. He's got a huge chip on his shoulder. TAKE HIM.