Better Late Than Never
Jimmy Clausen- 2nd Round, 48th Overall- Carolina Panthers:
Jimmy Clausen opted not to wait in the Radio City Music Hall green room in New York City. Instead, the projected first round pick chose to stay at his California home with his family, and wait for his NFL fate to be decided.
Frankily, that was probably a good decision. Clausen was projected as potentially being a top-ten pick in the draft. It’s fair to say most of the “experts” did not expect him to go 48th overall to the Carolina Panthers. Clausen was passed up by the Bills twice, also by the Browns twice, and by his fomer head coach, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite wear Clausen was picked, the Panthers got a very good quarterback, and they definitely needed one. Clausen will compete for the starting job with Matt Moore. With Panthers head coach John Fox battling for job security, I’d imagine it won’t be long before Clausen is the starter in Carolina.
Golden Tate- 2nd Round- 60th Overall- Seattle Seahawks:
A fomer Domer will join a team led by a former USC Trojan. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?
Golden Tate was taken later than expected, a late second round pick, but the man who drafted him made the selection even more surprising.
Former USC head coach and current Seattle Seahawks GM and head coach Pete Carroll decided to pick Tate with the 60th pick.
Tate gives Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck a home run threat. Tate is a playmaker, and that is exactly what the Seahawks are looking for. When you add the former Notre Dame standout to a team led by the former Trojan head coach, you build a formula for a lot of success.
[picappgallerysingle id="8289015"]Sam Young- 6th Round- 179th Overall- Dallas Cowboys:
Going into the 2009 season, many experts expected Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young to be a first round lock. Young has the size and the talent, it seemed like there wasn’t a chance that he would available after the first day.
Well Young struggled mightily in the 2009 season, and his stock fell far. Young was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with their 6th round selection, and given a shot to showcase his talent.
Taking young is a risk that should be well worth it for the Cowboys. Young has great potential, he just has to get back to his form.
Young can either be an NFL all-pro or a total bust, it all depends.
Eric Olsen- 6th Round- 183rd Overall- Denver Broncos:
Taking Eric Olsen in the 6th round is a steal for the Broncos.
Olsen’s greatest ability is his versatility. Olsen has played guard and center at his career at Notre Dame, and he could probably play tackle if needed.
Olsen also gave the Irish much needed consistency on the offensive line. The line struggled throughout much of Olsen’s career, but he managed to keep things fairly stable for the unit. Expect good things from Olsen in Denver.
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