Strange Fall May Ultimately Benefit Clausen

Strange Fall May Ultimately Benefit Clausen

Jimmy Clausen completed the greatest freefall in NFL draft history by landing what could be the best job of the top quarterbacks selected.

He may even save an embattled coach and general manager in the process.

When Clausen went No. 48 overall to the Carolina Panthers in the second round Friday, it ended a drop of 40 or so picks based on where he had been projected by many analysts before the draft. As the draft neared, the feeling was that Clausen would be the latest version of Aaron Rodgers(notes) or Brady Quinn(notes), a pair of high-profile quarterbacks who had been considered possible top 10 picks before falling into the 20s.

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