Redskins, Jaguars among teams that could be interested in Jimmy Clausen

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars and Redskins have each scheduled private workouts in South Bend with Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Washington holds the fourth overall pick in April’s draft, while Jacksonville has the 10th.

It’s no secret that Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder would rather cut off one of his ears than watch Jason Campbell take another snap under center in Washington, while Jaguars’ head coach Jack Del Rio went as far as to say that David Garrard wasn’t a “Super Bowl-caliber” quarterback in early February. Needless to say, both teams would like to upgrade their quarterback situation sometime in the near future.

What the Redskins do at No. 4 may ultimately depend on what the Rams and Lions do at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. If the Rams draft Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, then Sam Bradford will be available for the Redskins at No. 4. If St. Louis takes Bradford, then Clausen will definitely slip to No. 4. If the Lions pass on offensive tackle Russell Okung at No. 2, then it may come down to Okung and Clausen for the Redskins.

As for the Jaguars, GM Gene Smith is an advocate for taking the best player available regardless of position. That’s why Jacksonville wound up with offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton in the first two rounds last year and that’s why if Clausen falls to No. 10, he may wind up in teal next year.

That said, the Jags have more pressing needs then quarterback. Garrard isn’t the type of player that can lead a team on his own like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady, but he’s still effective. Garrard is above average and with the right pieces around him, he can and has led teams to the playoffs. That’s why I ultimately don’t see Clausen winding up in Jacksonville. Plus, I think he’ll be off the board by the time they pick anyway.

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