Originally posted by Niners99:Originally posted by KRS-1:Originally posted by Niners99:Originally posted by Draftology:
Every team except the Bears and the Panthers past on him at least once. The Panthers had to take him because they have no one at quarterback (Matt Moore is a no one). I know many of you will say 'you watch. he'll be the best quarterback in this draft.' Well the NFL scouts and GM's who get payed to evaluate players disagree with you. In fact, Clausen was the 3rd quarterback taken, behing TIM TEBOW, who had to completely change his throwing motion to even be considered a quarterback prospect. Many teams with quarterback needs, like the 49ers and the Seahawks, passed on him twice. Point is Clausen sucks and we all should be thankful he is not a 49er.
lol not only did everyone pass on him, but when Carolina took him, they went and took Pike right after.
Right after ? Or with a comp pick in the 6th round, which likely means BPA on their draft board.
Teams seemingly were drafting for need, thus why Clausen fell. Buffalo drafted a QB in the 7th round, Oakland filled their need via trade. Doesn't mean a whole lot, and doesn't mean he won't be a successful QB in this league. As others have pointed out Tom Brady and Tom Brady were not 1st round picks and they both have had HOF careers. In hindsight I bet a lot of teams would have taken Aaron Rodgers could they do 2005 all over again. Players drop, it happens.
Joe Montana and Steve Young both had great things to say about Clausen, as did Jon Gruden who even said he would love to be able to coach JC.
FWIW Jason LaCanfora reported that we would have taken Clausen at 49.
So point is, passing over a player, even doing so more than once does not mean he sucks or that he will never be successful as a pro. In Clausen's case he is better off in Carolina than with any other team, he landed in the greatest situation he could have.
the point is, they took Clausen AND Pike in the same draft. alot of people ranked both Clausen and Pike in the top 4 QB this year. what does it say about their confidence in Clausen if they take another QB in the same draft?
I think it says that Carolina had a need for 2 QBs on their roster and took the BPA. They also know that QBs are valuable and Pike could be a good trade chip if he looks good in preseason. I dont think there is anything wrong or concerning at all about picking 2 young Qbs when you have basically nothing on your roster.
Just some history... in 1989 Dallas took Troy Aikman with the first pick of the NFL Draft. The same year in the supplemental draft they took Steve Walsh with the first pick. In 1968 Oakland took QBs in rounds 1 and 2. The pick in rd 2 was Ken Stabler. Both those worked out OK. Maybe Stabler and Aikman were both motivated and challenged more by the competitiion. Who knows if that will happen with Claussen but I dont think it will hurt him in the least having Pike give him competition.