Schefter: Chiefs Liked Clausen At Fifth Overall

As unlikely as it seems, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting (via PFT) that the Kansas City Chiefs liked Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen enough to take him with the fifth pick overall in the first round.

It’s just that they liked the player they took, Tennessee safety Eric Berry, a little better.

So if Clausen is still available when the Chiefs’ second-round pick, No. 36 overall, comes up, could they really pass on a player they thought was worthy of a Top 5 overall selection?  Schefter also said Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, Clausen’s college coach, will lobby G.M. Scott Pioli with Kansas City’s second-round pick.

It seems unlikely that the Chiefs will draft a quarterback given the money they’ve committed to Matt Cassel. But Cassel’s contract makes it possible that they’d want to cut bait with him after the 2010 season.

The last thing this team needs is a lame duck quarterback.  And if anyone thinks that Clausen would step in and start immediately are crazy.  I don’t care how familiar he is with Charlie Weis and how he likes to call a game, there’s no way that Todd Haley is putting a rookie quarterback on the field next season.

The Chiefs will have their choice of close to a dozen players that will be able to jump into the starting lineup immediately and help take Kansas City to the brink of a playoff spot.

I understand it makes for good theater, but the Kansas City Chiefs will not draft Jimmy Clausen.

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