How the Donovan McNabb Trade Impacts Jimmy Clausen's Stock

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 5, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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On the night of Easter Sunday, the NFL offseason was hit with the biggest blockbuster of the year: Donovan McNabb was dealt to the Washington Redskins.

The talks between both teams reportedly didn't begin until over the weekend, amid rumors of the Oakland Raiders becoming the leading candidate.

Heading into the weekend, the Washington Redskins visited with prospect Jimmy Clausen, who had a workout scheduled with the team next week.

Though you cannot rule out the Redskins still selecting a quarterback, it is highly doubtful one will be taken fourth overall, especially with the need on the offensive line.

This trade dramatically affects Clausen, who was looking at a possible top-five selection, but now looks at a top-10 pick at best.

The options for Clausen? Currently it is the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills, whom he scheduled visits with last week.

The Browns signed Jake Delhomme to a two-year deal, signalling a quarterback will be drafted and groomed properly under new management.

It is also clear the Bills have a desperate need for a quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards are not the future of the franchise, which may lead to a change.

However, this was the last thing Clausen could have been hoping for, as it is possible he might see his stock drop to a great extent.

The Browns have shown with the number of draft picks they have, they are willing to take one in the later rounds.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy comes to mind. Also,the Browns could go on the defensive of the ball. With Safeties Eric Berry or Earl Thomas on the board, the Browns may go in that direction.

The Buffalo Bills also have major issues on the offensive line, which to them may be the biggest need to fill.

If Clausen falls past the ninth overall pick, it is unknown where he would land.

Would the Seattle Seahawks select Clausen at pick 14? A new franchise quarterback is needed in Seattle, as Hasselbeck is warming out his welcome.

Could the Carolina Panthers find a way to trade back into the first round, trading next year's first round pick perhaps?

Clausen could face a similar slide like Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers faced a few years ago.

Passed pick number 20, the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings could use a young quarterback.

Though Matt Leinart is the starter in Arizona right now, don't be surprised to see the Cardinals trade up from pick 26 to grab the young quarterback.

The Vikings are also in the same case, especially with Favre not having a long future even if he returns. Clausen could be put in the similar position Aaron Rodgers was in, as he learns behind one of the greates for a year or two.

If you think about it, the Donovan McNabb trade can really change the outcome of this draft.

Most importantly, it could affect Clausen, who may see himself lose millions of dollars when he waits patiently in Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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