Scouting Report: Jimmy Clausen

Written by Rob Engle on April 21, 2010

Jimmy Clausen

Position: QB School: Notre Dame
Height: 6’2 1/2" Weight: 222 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

First Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 6.5
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 4
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 10

Quarterback Specific Categories


Max. Value


Decision Making 10 9
Arm Strength 7 7
Accuracy 10 6.5
Mechanics/Footwork 7 7
Mobility 6 4
Release Quickness 8 8

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very strong arm. Good basic mechanics and footwork. Extremely quick release with a high release point. Has the ability to change his release point if necessary. Became an excellent decision maker his senior year. Played in a pro-style offense and had excellent QB coaching. Knows when to throw the ball away. Tremendous potential.


Only average size for a QB. Not as accurate as you’d like to see. When under pressure for long stretches of time he gets happy feet in the pocket and will throw the ball away too early. Mechanics become poor when under pressure. Doesn’t throw with touch. Deep ball accuracy is on and off. Questionable character and leadership abilities.


Clausen probably has more superstar potential than Sam Bradford does, but also has a higher probability for busting. Notre Dame quarterbacks haven’t fared well in the NFL as of late, but Clausen could change that. Most of his issues are coachable and we wish he would have stayed in school another year. He’ll need to go to a team with a stable offensive line to give him time, or expect him to turn in to the next Brady Quinn.


Clausen began starting during his freshman season and has started ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a


Sociology major at Notre Dame.


Suffered turf toe at end of 2009 season, requiring offseason surgery.

Career Stats
Year Comp Att % Yards TD INT Sacks Rush Yds Rush TD
2009 289 425 68.0 3722 28 4 59 -95 3
2008 268 440 60.9 3172 25 17 54 -73 0
2007 138 245 56.3 1254 7 6 62 -187 2

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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