Marty Hurney, the guy who drafted Jimmy Clausen 48th overall in the 2010 draft, is apparently already declaring him a bust.
Despite being just one year removed from spending the team’s first pick in the draft on Clausen, Hurney stated that quarterback is the team’s “No. 1 need” this offseason.
This admission gives some credibility to a theory I tossed out there following the Panthers selection of Clausen. After every team with the exception of the Panthers and Bears passed on Clausen, I wondered if his character concerns were even greater than anyone in the media imagined. Clearly he has NFL talent, so there had to be some reason why no one took him in the first 47 picks.
Additionally, the Panthers likely had no reason to believe that he would be available with the 48th pick. As a result, perhaps they didn’t do enough homework on his mental makeup. When suddenly he was available, they jumped at the chance to fill their need at quarterback. Hurney thought he got the steal of the draft, without stopping to question why Clausen was still on the board.
As I said, it’s just a theory, but it’s something to think about – especially after the reports that he apparently struggled to fit into the locker room in Carolina.