Does Clausen draft day no-show foreshadow his draft stock?

17 04 2010

Not long after Jon Gruden compared Jimmy Clausen to Ryan Leaf (voted one of the biggest draft busts in history), Clausen made the best decision he has made in the last 3 years, declining the NFL’s invitation to attend the first round Draft festivities Thursday in New York.

This more than likely means Clausen sees the writing on the wall. He sees his stock value drop, while Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy gain ground on the draft boards. Clausen was a lock at #4 to the Washington Redskins prior to the Donovan McNabb trade. But since then, he has been slipping down the boards to #7 Cleveland, #9 Buffalo, #10 Jacksonville and even #13 San Francisco and #14 Seattle.

Clausen may have even got a phone call from other first-round free-faller from Notre Dame, Brady Quinn, who may have advised him the best place to be is at home watching on TV, not in New York with the world watching him suffer more embarrassment every time his name is not read by Roger Goodell.

He has already been compared to Ryan Leaf, and has a better shot at being mentioned in the same conversation with Nortre Dame quarterbacks Rick Mirer (former Irish QB who was #5 on the Biggest NFL Draft Busts list) and Brady Quinn than being compared with Joe Theisman and Joe Montana. The higher Clausen goes, the better chance he has of making the Biggest Draft Busts List in a few years.

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Tebow’s greatness leads to NFL rigging the draft?

17 03 2010

And it never ends …

Just when you thought reality was finally going to knock Tim Tebow out of the Pantheon down to Earth with the rest of us schmoes, the NFL kicks us in the gut with the news that Tebow has been invited to attend the draft.

The NFL has invited only those players with a guaranteed slot in the first round of the draft, and after the Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn sagas played out on live television, they restricted the invitations to reduce the risk of a player being embarrassed on draft day.

But then Tim Tebow was born – or was it immaculately conceived – and all the rules change.

By inviting Tebow to the draft site, they plan on putting him in the gallery with cameras on him from the minute Roger Goodell makes his first trip to the microphone. The NFL undoubtedly is putting pressure on NFL teams to “be the team to draft the man, the myth, the legend, the god, Tim Tebow.”

I was OK with wrestling being rigged. I understand horse racing and boxing have their “moments.” But this is just too far. Now the NFL gets to ram Tebow down our throats?!?!

I feel like I’m back at college at a party with Roger Goodell and he’s got a beer-bong and can of Tim Tebow, while the NFLPA is ramming the tube down my throat. Standby, here comes the Tebow, whether you like it or not!!

Tim Tebow is nowhere near a first round pick in this years draft. Even he admits he has a lot of room for improvement and things to work on. The first round is not the place to draft “projects.” That’s the 3rd-6th rounds. That’s what they invented Compensatory Picks for. The first two rounds are dedicated to building and improving teams, not drinking the Tebow energy drink.

Now we can all wait for the Guarana and Tebow crashes after be forced to stomach this crap.

If Tebow is drafted in the first round, you can bet Vince McMahon is somewhere on the NFL board of directors.

First Jimmy Clausen it expected to be a top 10 pick, now this? Is football that desperate?

I can’t take it anymore.

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