In a move not entirely unexpected, both Jimmy Clausen and his agent, Gary Wichard, announced that the quarterback won’t be working out at the NFL Combine next week.
“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,” Clausen said. “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.”
It’s clear that Clausen and Wichard are taking a proactive step against people that will automatically assume that Clausen’s decision not to work out is just another diva-like move from a quarterback that’s battled that reputation since arriving in South Bend riding in a stretch Hummer limousine. But realistically, this was the only logical decision by Clausen, who is still very much on the mend after postseason foot surgery.
Rest assured, Clausen’s spot in the first round will likely be based on his individual workouts, and even if 100-percent healthy, most elite quarterbacks skip out on throwing in Indy to receivers they’ve just met and instead chose to throw to a crew of familiar receivers at a workout choreographed for success.
It’ll be interesting to hear the skeptics spin this decision into an anti-Clausen diatribe, when the reality of the situation is that the other elite quarterback in the draft, Sam Bradford, most likely will pass on the throwing portion of drills as well.