2010 NFL Draft: Colt McCoy Should Go Before Jimmy Clausen

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roer Goodell stands at the podium on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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This 2010 NFL Draft has been somewhat different than drafts before.

The early rounds have brought some surprises, particularly in the quarterback column.

Although Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was a lock to go No. 1 as far as quarterbacks were concerned, and almost undoubtedly in position to be the top pick overall in the draft—due to his achievements and record-breaking offensive play during his college career—nearly everyone expected to see fellow quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame and Colt McCoy of Texas also picked in the first round of selections.

They weren't.

Why not?

To me, it seems like teams have stopped asking the question, "What can you do for me now?" and changed to, "What can you do for me later?"

Tim Tebow is a prime example of that change.

He was selected before both Clausen and McCoy, even though there are obvious questions about his mechanics and understanding of a pro-style offense.

The facts that his work ethic is second to none and some of his accomplishments in college are undeniable were the main motives to drafting the quarterback.

It is understood that Tebow may not be playing this year at quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but Josh McDaniels and the Denver coaching staff are willing to work with the young quarterback in order to get him on the field.

Which means the Broncos have more faith in Tim Tebow becoming a great quarterback then in Jimmy Clausen's ability to run an NFL offense immediately and his potential as a quarterback.

Plus his personality, accomplishments, and unbelievable work ethic helped get him there.

McCoy put up great passing numbers in four years starting at Texas, completing an astounding 77 percent of his passes his junior year in 2008 with 34 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.

Clausen, on the other hand, played in a pro-style offense, which would likely make him more prepared to play in the NFL straight out of college. The problem is he only started at Notre Dame for two years and doesn't have the wins to go with his stats during those years.

Even with his impressive 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions during last season, Clausen is still the less proven of the two remaining big name selections.

No doubt many teams have contacted both quarterbacks about joining their franchise, and as we saw last night with Tebow, a good attitude and an infectious personality can go a long way, so there's no telling where each might land.

Even though I've heard plenty about the Chiefs who have the 36th pick in the draft taking him in the second round early, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't.

Heck, for all we know, it might be decided already.


Daniel Kablack is the Senior NFL Analyst and Big East Correspondent for mySportsChat.com

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