2011 NFL Draft: Why Cam Newton Will Have a Jimmy Clausen Draft-Day Free-Fall

January 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

April 22nd, 2010: the worst day of Jimmy Clausen's life.  
It was the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft.  It was supposed to be a day Jimmy and the Clausen family would remember forever; the day he made it.
Clausen woke up with hopes of being selected a few picks after Sam Bradford would be chosen by the St. Louis Rams.  First, the Seattle Seahawks passed on him, then the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks again, the 49ers again, the Denver Broncos twice, the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, and the day was over.
What was meant to be the fulfillment of a dream turned into Clausen's worst nightmare.  At the top of the second round, he was passed on another half dozen times or so until he was finally selected by the Carolina Panthers at 48th overall.
Clausen was in shock, Mel Kiper was in shock, and Todd McShay was gloating.
The same tragedy that Jimmy Clausen fell victim to wil...

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