So far the 2010 NFL draft has provided more than enough drama to live up to it's prime time television slot. Trades and suprising picks have been plentiful, but through the first two dozen plus picks Jimmy Clausen who is arguably the most NFL ready quarterback of the lot has yet to hear his name called.
Suprisingly several teams with quarterback needs, some more serious than others, have already passed on Clausen for some interesting picks. One thing is for sure, when Clausen suits up on Sundays he'll remember all the teams that passed on him and work to make them regret it.
The 49ers finally got some production out of Alex Smith last season after he spent over a year sitting behind journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill. Despite Smith's reemergence as the starting quarterback in San Francisco he hasn't shown that he can be the quarterback of the future for the 49ers.
The 49ers has a productive, veteren running back in Frank Gore and two young receivers with a lot of upside in Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr. There are enough weapons in San Francisco to help a young quarterback through his growing pains and Jimmy Clausen looked like a prime candidate to perhaps be the quarterback for many years in the Bay.
Matt Hasselback isn't getting any younger and his production has dropped in recent years, plus long time back up quarterback Seneca Wallace moved to Cleveland.
The Seahawks need a new trigger man to develop for the future. Clausen could have made an instant impact in Seattle.
The Cleveland Browns have a lot more issues than just quarterback but they desperately need a new signal caller.
Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn are gone, off to Arizona and Denver respectively. The only two quarterbacks the Browns have currently are Jake Delhomme, who throw ten more interceptions than touchdowns last season, and Seneca Wallace who has never been a starting quarterback in the NFL. Neither of those two have nearly the upside and potential of a Jimmy Clausen.
David Garrard has provided solid quarterback play for the Jaguars over the past several seasons but he hasn't shown that he can play at a championship level.
The Jaguars have one of the best running backs in the league in Maurice Jones-Drew and some emerging receivers in Mike Thomas and the teams biggest suprise in 2009 Mike Sims-Walker.
Jacksonville has a lot of needs on the defensive side of the ball but they could have used a quarterback like Jimmy Clausen to come in and make an instant impact on the offense.
The JaMarcus Russell experiment has failed miserably and it's time to move on no matter how painful it is for an organization to cut there loses on a former number one overall pick that has given you practically zero production.
The Raiders have Bruce Gradkowski who filled the team with some energy upon his instillation into the starting line up and lead the team to a victory over Philadelphia and they have former Ravens and Rams quarterback Kyle Boller who was acquired during the offseason, but neither of them are Clausen.
Clausen is a young, NFL ready quarterback who could have been this teams signal caller for a long time to come.