2010 NFL Draft: Is Jimmy Clausen Nothing More Than the Next Jay Cutler?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 7, 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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Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is entering the 2010 NFL Draft as the second-rated quarterback behind Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, but there are some similar characteristics between Clausen and the current starting quarterback for the Bears, Jay Cutler.

Writer's note: Before we go into this quick comparison between these two quarterbacks, this journalist would like all the readers to know that this is in by no means an attempt to disgrace either quarterback and their respective abilities, but this is a mere example of two similar players that play the same sport.

Cutler is considered throughout the NFL as a gutsy gunslinger who would rather throw the ball first, then ask questions later.

He also has had a cocky confidence about him ever since his days in college and that attitude has continued with him in the NFL to this very day.

Cutler likes to throw the ball a lot and because of his gunslinger mentality, he does throw a good share of interceptions throughout the season.

He has averaged 15.75 interceptions per year since coming to the NFL.

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Switching over to Clausen now, who also has a cocky confidence about him.

During his interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, there were whispers in the air from scouts and coaches who were very turned off by his attitude.

Also, even though Clausen did not average more than 10 interceptions per year at Notre Dame, he still has his fair share of gunslinging moments, too.

Both of these quarterbacks are a rare breed of both cockiness and gutsy throwing styles, but that has not helped Cutler (who has the stronger arm of the two) in the NFL so far in his career since his starting record is only 24-29.

Clausen has a career record of 16-23 as a starting quarterback, which isn't that good and could have contributed to former head coach Charlie Weis' demise at the end of the 2009 season.

As a quick comparison, Cutler was 11-35 as a starter for Vanderbilt.

Currently projected as high as the No. 1 overall pick and as low as falling into the top of the second round in many mock drafts, Clausen is an unknown when it comes to what team will want to take a chance on him.

Still, whether or not Cutler now has the tools he needs to succeed as the Bears' starting quarterback in 2010 will play out in the last half of this year. He has not had an easy time of it as a starter in the NFL.

A cocky attitude can only get a player so far in the NFL.