On Friday, the Carolina Panthers ended what perhaps had been the biggest draft-day slide in NFL history when they made Jimmy Clausen the 48th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Legendary coach Bill Redell speaks out on Clausen's character issues, and tells Sectionsports.com which NFL teams were...[details]
Personal: Received the Hall Trophy (actually called the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Awarded since 2001, previous Hall Trophy recipients include: RB Kevin Jones (2001 - Virginia Tech), QB Chris Leak (2003 - Florida), RB Adrian Peterson (2004 - Oklahoma) and last year's winner, QB Mitch Mustain (2006 - Arkansas) ... Named USA Today Offensive Player of the Year ... Received National High School Offensive Player of the Year Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) and was named finalist for Sam B. Nicola award, presented annually to the top high school player ... Named Co-Player of the Year by Parade and selected first-team All-America by the publication ... one of 20 players named to the Best in the West list compiled by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... listed as one of 11 quarterbacks on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... named a first-team All-American by Scout.com ... completed 194-of-281 passes for 3,428 yards and 49 touchdowns with only six interceptions in 15 games as a senior ... also rushed for seven scores in final season ... helped lead Oaks Christian to four consecutive CIF-Southern Section championships and tied the longest winning streak in section history as the Lions won 46 straight contests ... never lost a game he started, finishing his career 42-0 ... Oaks Christian was named the state team of the year by CalHiSports.com in 2006 after winning the Division III state bowl game and becoming only the second team in California history to finish a season with a 15-0 record ... defeated Cardinal Newman H.S. in state championship, 27-20 in overtime, and finished season ranked sixth in the nation by USA Today ... for his career, he passed for 10,764 yards and a state record 146 touchdown passes ... completed 67.8 percent of his passes in high school, one of the best nationally in high school history, according to the National Federation of High School sports record book ... ranked the No. 1 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... named No. 4 national prospect by SuperPrep ... rated the No. 1 quarterback in the country and ninth-best prospect on the ESPN 150 list ... started for the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... rated No. 1 player in the country in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... one of top 25 quarterbacks nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News ... named one of the top 50 high school seniors by Street & Smith and one of seven quarterbacks named to its All-America Team ... completed 156-of-231 passes for 2,778 yards with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior ... As a sophomore, he completed 227-of-329 passes for 3,665 yards with 58 touchdowns and six interceptions ... played for coach Bill Redell at Oaks Christian ... older brothers, Rick and Casey, both played quarterback at the University of Tennessee ... enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 ... full name is James R. Clausen ... born Sept. 21, 1988.
A smart, efficient quarterback who seems to be getting quite comfortable in the Notre Dame offense, Clausen showcases good timing and anticipation on his routes and consistently gets the ball out on time. He's doing a much better job going though his progressions and possesses the ability to scan the entire field and work his way through his reads. Clausen snaps the ball out of his hands quickly and is an accurate passer. He lacks ideal arm strength, and when he's asked to throw across the field from the opposite hash, the ball will float on him a bit. But he does a nice job trusting his big play receivers and putting the ball in places only they can catch it. He puts a lot of air under his deep ball and at times will underthrow targets and create jump-ball situations. He still gets a bit frigid in the pocket and needs to do a better job being decisive and standing tall in the face of pressure. Clausen has the makings of an accurate West Coast QB at the next level.