Why Is It a Shock that Jimmy Clausen Is Still On the Board, But Tim Tebow Isn't?

brandon nealCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks the sideline during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Okay, I've heard enough of this crap! People are shocked that Tim Tebow was picked ahead of Jimmy Clausen. What's shocking to me is that it's shocking to anybody.

At the end of the day, Clausen is just another over-hyped player/product from a over-hyped program that goes by the name of Notre Dame. The school has become well, basically  irrelevant in the landscape of college football and has been for many years.

Don't get me wrong, when it comes to being steeped in tradition there is no establishment finer than N.D., but again tradition is just that, tradition. Yes it usually COMES FROM winning and winning consistently, but winning football games consistently is something ND has struggled to do for some time now. However, one nice little perk of being ND is that all ND has to do is beat one ranked team and they are usually thrust in into the National Championship picture talk. This is because they are still the darlings of the media.

But back to the subject at hand. What has Clausen done with his time in College Football to make people feel shocked when a far more decorated college QB goes ahead of him in the draft selection?

Let's examine some facts. In three years as a starter Clausen is 15-21 while Tebow is 35-6. And keep in mind Tim's competition was much tougher than Clausen's ever was. Also, let's not forget either that Tebow has two MNCs under his belt, two SEC Crowns, and a Heisman trophy just to top it all off.

Yes Tebow had some weapons around him. But Clausen wasn't playing for a slouch of a team either. Notre Dame had PLENTY of talent around Clausen.

So it begs to question, why would a guy, whose football position (QB) influences victories more than any other position on a football team who boasts such a poor record and resume just get the nod over a guy who is known as one of the best ever all time college players? I just don't get it.

Okay maybe Clausen has an arm. Lord knows he has a mouth, hints the shiner in my article's picture, which is joined by only a even bigger ego. But what about his ability to lead and will his team to the most important stats which is wins and losses? What about his work ethic? Are these questions that have to be asked of Tebow? I believe we all know the answer to that.

You have to have an arm to play in the NFL. You have to be able to read defenses to play in the NFL. These are two issues for Tebow; however, those two topics are things that can be taught and corrected. What you can't teach are the things that makes Tebow so special, like what Tim did in the SEC Championship game in '08. He spent his free moments screaming and motivating every single defensive player to get up and play their hearts out for their beloved University and its fans, which they did. He basically said "Jump on boys I will make us win." And that's he did.

What stories does Clausen have? Was it when he willed the Notre Dame faithful to believe he would bring them back to the promised land by flashing his high school championship rings out a stretched hummers window? Or was it winning the Hawaii bowl?