VU Daily Blog: 4/4/10

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 9:10:00 PM

Does McNabb deal create free fall for Clausen?

The Eagles have announced that they have traded QB Donovan McNabb to Washington for a second-round choice (37th overall) in 2010 and either a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011.

A gutsy move, for sure, to trade a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback to a division rival to hasten the transition to their quarterback of the future, Kevin Kolb.  Certainly not something the Green Bay Packers would have done.

What, if any, affect might this have on the 2010 NFL Draft?

Well, there is one less team in the Washington Redskins interested in drafting a quarterback early.  However, it still leaves the following teams likely in the market on Draft Day:

St. Louis Rams (No. 1) – All signs point toward drafting Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.

Cleveland (No. 7) - They've acquired Seneca Wallace (Seattle) and Jake Delhomme (Carolina), and Mike Holmgren is on the record as saying, "I wish I liked him more," of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.  Highly unlikely Holmgren turns around at takes Clausen at No. 7.

Buffalo (No. 9) – Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm occupy new head coach Chan Gailey's current depth chart.  Would they take Clausen this high?

Arizona (No. 26) – Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson get first crack at replacing Kurt Warner as the starter.  Given the investment they have in Leinart and Anderson, would they add Clausen to the mix, or do they look to fill other pressing needs?

The next logical prospect for a quarterback would be Minnesota at No. 30.  So if Clausen slides this far, are they interested?  He's generally considered a high- to mid-first-round value.

On the plus side, he's been groomed by Charlie Weis and developed into a polished passer who's NFL ready.  On the downside, some are turned off by his demeanor and intangibles.

Here's a few clips to check out to get your own read on Clausen:

Jimmy Clausen interview with Jim Rome

2009 Jimmy Clausen highlights


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 7:43:00 PM

McNabb traded to Redskins

Vikings fans hoping that Donovan McNabb would be available in a trade later this summer if Brett Favre decides not to return will have to hatch a different backup plan. McNabb has been traded to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick (No. 37 overall this year) and a third- or fourth-round pick next year, according to Jay Glazer of

McNabb has been the subject of trade rumors since the owners meetings last month when Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he was entertaining trade offers for all three of his quarterbacks, including Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. The Eagles were never believed to be seriously considering trading Kolb, who will be the starter in 2010 with McNabb out of the picture.'s Adam Caplan says the Eagles will be holding a press conference tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss the trade.

With the news breaking within in the hour, there hasn't been any announcement of a contract extension for McNabb, who has only one year left on his deal and is due a bonus of more than $6 million next month.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 8:07:00 AM

Brinkley recounts rookie experience

Rookie Jasper Brinkley returned to South Carolina to film a commercial for a local car dealer and found himself recalling the highs and lows of his rookie season in an interview appearing on, a web site covering the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

"Getting that close to the Super Bowl and not getting there was tough," Brinkley said. "Playing in the NFC Championship game was a great experience and something I'll never forget, but we're not satisfied with the season we had last year. We want to get to the Super Bowl this season and win it."

Brinkley found out how ready he had to be when starting middle linebacker E.J. Henderson suffered his gruesome fractured femur, but that's when all the film study had to kick in for the rookie replacement.

"There's so much more off-the-field preparation in the NFL than in college," he said. "You have to know what kind of plays they like to run with different personnel packages they have on the field. That's why the film study is so important."


Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 8:44:00 PM

Twins ballpark can only help Vikings' stadium chances

The weekend opener for the Minnesota Twins in their new ballpark, Target Field, really brings to life the positive impact a new facility can have for the community.

As Sid Hartman of the StarTribune writes in his recent column: "Twins President Dave St. Peter had as his guests several members of the Legislature who played a part in passing the stadium bill and every one of them was impressed."

Hartman predicts the Vikings are going to get their stadium because of the great impression the Twins ballpark has made. He could be right.

He also points out the reality of how many people it would put to work that might currently be unemployed. The unions will also pressure the politicians to eventually pass a stadium bill so they can go back to work.

In a personal conversation I had with Gov. Tim Pawlenty a few months ago, he suggested that a solution is in sight with a series of events falling into place. The impression of Target Field was one of those events he saw as helping re-shape the climate for addressing the issue.

Other potential revenue streams (some of which have been suggested recently), interest once again from other communities, and a willingness of the Wilf family to up their investment were also mentioned by the governor.

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