Inside Scouting Report: Jimmy Clausen

Carolina took Jimmy Clausen as its new franchise quarterback. What does it mean for the Panthers? See a breakdown of Clausen's strengths and weaknesses, courtesy of Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber.

Strengths: Clausen is an athletic passer who possesses the physical skills and mental capacity to excel at the next level. He has above average arm strength and has the ability to make all of the throws necessary to be an effective starter.

He's played three years in a pro style offense and has progressed each year. He sets up quickly in the pocket, displays great balance and footwork, shows poise under the pressure, steps up nicely and always keeps his eyes downfield looking to make a play. He has a calm disposition about himself in the pocket, shows patience and is able buy time with his feet as receivers work to get open.

He goes through his progressions well, doesn't lock onto one receiver and naturally looks off the safety. He's an intelligent signal caller and doesn't make mental errors; he will throw the ball away rather than create a turnover. He has great field sense and times his short and intermediate throws extremely well - delivering an accurate, catchable ball to his receivers immediately out of their breaks. He's a fiery competitor who plays with great passion and shows toughness.

Weaknesses: Even though he's accurate on mid-range passes, he lacks overall placement and touch on deep throws. He doesn't feel backside pressure consistently, and when rushed up the middle, he will get himself in trouble by throwing off of his back foot. He's an emotional individual who has some maturity concerns and can be brash towards his coaches and teammates.


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