By Rob Staton
Jimmy Clausen held his pro-day today. I'm not going to say pro-days are a waste of time, because events like this (and with Sam Bradford) are at least to see guys have recovered from surgery and are healthy. However, trying to take anything out of the performance is a major stretch. If a guy shows a nice big arm - so what? He's not throwing with anyone in his face or on the run. If a guy shows good touch an accuracy - same issue. You learn about these guys by watching the tape. They've essentially been glorified fitness tests for Bradford, Clausen and Colt McCoy. For Tim Tebow, it was a chance to look at a new throwing motion so a slight difference. But we're none the wiser as to how that new motion incorporates into a game. Today proved Clausen is healthy. It didn't shed any light on where he will go in the draft.
Brian McIntrye passes on information that the Seahawks held a private three-hour work out with Clausen. I think the decision was made not to draft Clausen the day Charlie Whitehurst signed for two years. I understand the argument that suggests the Notre Dame QB could still be considered, but the Seahawks have put themselves in position to not draft a quarterback this year. This work out is as much to do with leverage. Let's say Clausen is still there at #14. If rumours this week are true that the Seahawks want to trade that pick for a 2011 first rounder and a 2010 second round selection - it makes sense to try and make teams believe they're interested in Clausen. Do I think the Seahawks will actually draft him? No. The source of recent rumors is legitimate and worth noting. If you believe the links - and I trust the source implicitly - it's Eric Berry or Trent Williams if available at #6.