The Savior? Can Jimmy Clausen Save the Redskins?

Devon Beckford JrContributor IFebruary 7, 2010


Jimmy Clausen, as most self-proclaimed draft gurus like myself know, is a darn good prospect. But is he a "Franchise Quarterback"? Can he handle the bright lights of the Redskins organization? Is he big enough or tall enough? Is he as much of a douche as everybody else makes him out to be? CAN HE SAVE OUR FRANCHISE?

In my opinion, the Washington Redskins are one more miss at quarterback from being the Cleavland Browns. So these are all valid questions that the fans have and they will all be answered in this article.

It was a tough year for the Washington Redskins with a record of 4-12 and the whole team seemingly getting hit with the league's worst injury bug of the 2009 season. The Redskins had eight players on injured reserve by the end of the season; a lot of fans out there forget this fact so the record isn't all because of a lack of young talent. So with so many injuries to such an old team and so many holes, what do they address first?

My answer would be quarterback; with the new coach coming in, I'm sure he's going to want his own guy, especially seeing the fates of the past coaches that tried to win with Jason Campbell. This leads me to Jimmy Clausen being the fourth overall pick. It very well could be Bradford but I want to wait until the combine to see how his shoulder is holding up.

Jimmy Clausen has been in the spotlight most of his life. He's what I like to call a bread quarterback; he was born to play the position. His big brother Casey Clausen was starting quarterback for Tennessee. He went undrafted even though he was behind only Peyton Manning in Tennessee passing yards. Come draft day when he went undrafted, and this is a true story, google it, Casey turned to Jimmy and said, "Don't let this happen to you."

This is his motivation to be great, this guy is a hard worker everything he's achieved on the field he's had to work hard to achieve. He's put on weight since being at Notre Dame, coming to the school as a 6'2", 200 pound No. 1 Overall recruit, he's now 223 pounds.

He's gotten better each year; he's started in a pro-style offense since he was just a baby freshman. His game all came together as a junior, posting record-breaking numbers, throwing for 3,722 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only four interceptions with a 68.0 completion percentage.

This guy has the swagger that the Redskins have been lacking at the quarterback position for quite sometime and wears the number seven (Elway/Thiesman). Really doesn't matter football-wise, but it could be a sign.

I think Clausen could start from day one; if they draft him he won't, but I definitely think he could, never mind the suspect pictures of the guy with a pink Speedo on or pushing Ryan Gunnell at the end of a win over Boston College.

Those are all things that can be fixed by Shannahan. Look at how hard this guy works he wants to be great, and in my opinion he will be if drafted by the Redskins.