Jimmy Clausen is supposed to be this “combine phenom” that will just blow our socks off when he goes through drills at the combine in Indianapolis. Only one problem:
His surgically repaired toe won’t be ready. Clausen has already said that he won’t be able to go through drills at the combine because his toe won’t be ready. I can understand that. Lots of guys go through “pro days” on their own campus for one reason or another…no big deal.
Here’s where I think Mr. Jimmy is missing the boat and someone needs to correct him so he doesn’t get it twisted.
He said the following about not being able to do drills at the Indy Combine:
“I’m planning on doing all the interviews and, obviously, being seen by the doctors so they can see my toe, but my toe isn’t ready to go right now. I’m really excited to go down to Indianapolis next week so teams can get to know me as a person, and I think after they get to know me as a person, they’ll see the truth from what the perception is out there about me.”
Ok, I think that’s a great sentiment. I WISH people in the NFL gave a flying you-know-what about the true inner-character of a player…who he is…what he stands for. The fact is: They don’t care.
Can you run a 4.whatever in the 40? Can you throw this pass or run this route? What did you get on the Wunderlich? That’s all they care about.
I know Charlie Weis has departed ND, but don’t you think he would’ve told Jimmy these things before he left? Wow, what a slacker!
It’s one thing to want to go to the combine just to get some stuff out of the way, but to think that these NFL personnel guys are even remotely interested in what lies in your heart is just funny.
If I went to the combine I’d say:
“Hi guys, did you catch my 40 time? Ok. Any passes you want me to throw? Sure. I know you could give a rat’s tail about me so we don’t need to talk, right? Thought so.”
I appreciate Jimmy’s ideals, but they are NOT reality. The only way he can make his “inner character” an issue is to get a commercial on TV like Tim Tebow.
Even then it may not matter.