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Jimmy Clausen Gives Carolina Panthers a Quarterback with a Receiver Attitude

Charley MannCorrespondent IMay 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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After being selected 48th overall in this year's draft, quarterback Jimmy Clausen is already flaunting his bruised ego.

It didn't take long for the new member of the Carolina Panthers to sneak in a cocky comment after being drafted.

"I just want to tell you that you guys made the best pick in the draft," Clausen said to the media in regards to his second round selection. He had been projected in the top 10 picks by most experts.

This display of behavior seems more apt to wide receivers. That group of divas are usually the proclaimers of such statements.

However, as some expected, Clausen's brash attitude followed him out of Notre Dame and into the pros. This coupled with his historic fall in the draft was the needed catalyst for an unneeded proclamation.

He followed it up by saying, "My goal is to try to be the starter from Day One."

Now, there is nothing wrong with a showing of confidence. But when it is coming from a jaded edge, the bitterness can be tasted by everyone.

He would have been better suited by displaying a team-first attitude. Instead, he opted for the Clausen-first viewpoint.

During recent interviews at training camp, he has been a more friendly personality. He says that he looks forward to "just being one of the guys." That kind of sentiment is appropriate for a rookie who is currently the No. 2 quarterback behind Matt Moore.

The young man just needs to scale back his egregious self-evaluations especially after drawing criticism for that exact attitude. There's no doubting that he could be a value pick when all the dust settles, though other team managers may feel reaffirmed in their decision to bypass drafting Clausen.

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