Bills path to Clausen may have widened

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Jimmy ClausenGoing by several emails and comments over the past month or so, Buffalo Bills fans seem brutally divided when it comes to Notre Dame quarterback prospect Jimmy Clausen.

If you’re an advocate of Buddy Nix drafting him, an obstacle may have just been cleared.

It’s unusual to hear coaches, general managers and team presidents to speak with brutal honesty, especially at this time of the year when organizations send out smoke screens that they’re interested in every prospect under the sun.  The reason is logical enough; if you show interest in a player a team drafting after you covets, it could entice them to trade up with you.

But with Cleveland Browns new head honcho Mike Holmgren, he made no bones about Clausen.

He doesn’t want to draft him.

“I wish I liked him more,” Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer “You know how you have a type of player that you like? It’s not scientific. People like him a lot. He’ll go high. But it would be hard for me [to take him].”

The Browns hold the seventh pick of the draft, two slots ahead of Buffalo.

The Bills will definitely look to find a quarterback when the three-day draft commences on April 22.  Whether they address that need with Clausen, assuming he’s there is debatable.

Of course, it’s always possible Holmgren could be blowing smoke as well and hopes Clausen is there for the taking.

But it’s not likely.

If Holmgren is serious, barring a trade up by another team it would leave Washington (picking fourth) as the only realistic scenario where Clausen goes before the ninth pick.  Seattle was on the market for a quarterback and holds the sixth pick, but recently traded for Charlie Whitehurst.

It’s becoming clearer that whether you love him or hate him, Clausen should be available to the Bills if they want him.

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