Would you pass on Peyton Manning because you had Chad Henne?
Clausen still has the potential to be good, though he's got a better shot with a WCO team than with a team that runs a conventional offense.
But even Clausen at his potential best isn't equal to what Luck could be.
That's why they can't pass him up if they have the chance.
watching peyton play at Tenn i knew that he was going to be one of the best QBs ever. i saw leaf play and thought he was ok, but peyton's intelligence was incredibly plain to see. it was obvious that he was the total package and i have never seen a QB that i have been this sure of until now.
the chad henne over peyton question...i kind of view the situation a little more like the cardinals in '97.
in '97 it was obvious that they needed a QB. they drafted jake plummer in the 2nd round. he started quite a few games that year and wound up throwing 15 TDs and 15 INTs. he only won 3 games that year and the cards finished with 4 wins total and 2nd pick in the draft the next year. if they had gotten first pick overall....would they have drafted peyton? would they have been better off if they did? i'm thinking it's safe to assume they would have been better off if they had. plummer did ok, but he was nowhere near the talent that manning was/is. plummer > clausen in his rookie year. i actually see them as having similar production (though clausen might last a little longer in the league). still, no way would i pass on luck.
My perspective on Luck is that so many people on here are saying that he is too good to pass up... That may be true
However, let's not forget that he has never played a snap in the NFL so can really determine how good he can be based off of college stats?
I am not saying that we should pass up on Luck, I am just saying that people need to be careful what they wish for.
for me it has little to do with the stats, although they are impressive. it has to do with his poise, intelligence, accuracy, mental toughness, decision making, leadership skills...the whole package.
Clausen could absolutely light it up in the remaining games, and most fans would be pissed because we missed out on our next franchise quarterback in the draft.
meh, i would feel fine with clausen lighting it up. i still think that luck is a better prospect than clausen, but i would feel better about clausen leading the team going down the road (though i felt that way about moore last year as well). at the very least it would mean that clausen had more trade value, but it would also likely mean that we weren't in last place anymore so the whole luck discussion would be moot.
How many snaps had Clausen taken in the NFL before he was drafted?
People said plenty of positive things about Clausen last year , but no one talked about him the way they're talking about Luck. There was debate as to whether he was even the best QB prospect in his class. People are talking about Luck being the best QB prospect in over a decade, and no one else in this year's class is even close.
If you have even half a brain, there is no way you pass on that.
agreed totally. that luck is the best prospect in this class and one of the best QBs in recent history to come out of college isn't really a matter of debate for most people who have a bias against the PAC10. even with pac10 biases, most recognize the talent that is there and have little problem considering him at the very least the best QB of this class and, most likely the best player overall of this class.
i have never seen this much confidence in one pick. even with peyton there was some discussion about who would be better, leaf or manning. like i said, i was on the peyton wagon but many people thought that it was 50/50. peyton had all the intangibles and leaf had the build and the cannon arm.
in this case, there is no equal.