2010 NFL Draft: Jimmy Clausen Meets with Buffalo Bills at NFL Combine

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IMarch 1, 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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Although it is a general consensus around the web that the Bills will select a left tackle with their No. 9 overall pick, the brass at One Bills Drive may be thinking otherwise.

Jimmy Clausen, one of the very limited quarterbacks used to a pro-style offense in this year's draft, was stated by the Buffalo Bills Vice President of College Scouting Tom Modrak, as one of the two options Buffalo was seriously looking into at QB.

Clausen, who met with both the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins, is coming off a good year, statistics-wise, but there are concerns of his leadership abilities, which Jimmy shrugs off.

“Some people say I’m cocky, I’m arrogant and I’m not a good leader, I’m not a good teammate. I think the people that are out there saying those things don’t know me as a person,” said Clausen. “That’s why I was so excited to come here and talk to all the coaches and the GMs and the owners so they get a feel for me as a person.”

Would Clausen Fit With The Bills?

At Notre Dame, Clausen played in a system that combined a pro-style offense with that of a west-coast under coach Charlie Weis. Coach Chan Gailey has made it known that he wants a QB that can play in the elements, and a bruising running attack.

Clausen, unlike Trent Edwards, and JP Losman, is used to playing in the cold, in front of a huge audience. He also seems confident and eager to prove himself in the NFL.

Why Not Draft Clausen?

For Bills fans, another first round QB may spell disaster, which is the only reason I believe the Bills won't select a risky top-10 pick with a QB. But Clausen has improved his stats in each season at Notre Dame, and can be a solid backup for a season to learn the system.

This is all speculation, and I know each team gets 60 personal interviews, but this in this football age where you can't win without a franchise quarterback, is Jimmy Clausen a good fit for the Bills, who haven't had a solid QB under center in a decade?


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