Jimmy Clausen To Enter NFL Draft

Christopher ChavezAnalyst IINovember 26, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks for a receiver against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeated Notre Dame 34-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Clausen, the lone bright spot in a dark year at Notre Dame, has reportedly decided to enter the NFL Draft. According to the often unreliable Rotoworld.com, Clausen will not be returning for another fall in South Bend.

Rotoworld is citing ESPN's Joe Schad who says that Clausen made up his mind as the Fighting Irish enter their final regular season game at Stanford. Many football scouts and analysts believe now is a great time for the junior to enter the draft because of his current high stock.

As a third-year quarterback for Notre Dame, Clausen has shown improved footwork and has great accuracy when he throws. In his three years at Notre Dame, he has shown an ability to get out of jams in the pocket and release the ball quickly.

Many have said that Clausen could be one of the first quarterbacks off the board come April.

Tim Tebow could have a position change in the NFL and might not be drafted too high because the way he dominates the college game might be different than how most NFL teams operate.

Colt McCoy is one guy that could be picked higher than Clausen because of the fact that he is a great player and is always in Heisman consideration.

Jevan Snead is another good guy but, like Clausen, is a junior and Ole Miss will be waiting for his decision whether to enter the draft or not.

Before Sam Bradford was injured he was in consideration for being the No. 1 overall pick. After that shoulder injury, things could have changed.

The release of the Rotoworld report comes after Clausen’s family’s decision to sell their South Bend home. Clausen's days at Notre Dame could be numbered as the Redskins have decided to send scouts this weekend to South Bend.

Jimmy Clausen might not be the only guy leaving Notre Dame after this season. Charlie Weis has been on the hot seat and will most likely get the ax after the Stanford game this weekend.

Standout receiver Golden Tate also faces the difficult decision to declare or not.

Notre Dame might have to start from scratch next year. They could be breaking in a new coach, quarterback, and go-to receiver all in one season.

Irish fans can only hope that any moves are for the better and they’ll have until next autumn to dream of the days when the dominant program of the land hailed from Indiana.