Panthers draft Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen

April 24, 2010|By From Sun news services

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney spent much of Friday trying to move up in the draft to take Jimmy Clausen, a day after the Notre Dame quarterback was a surprising first-round snub.

Hurney couldn't strike a deal, however, and when the Arizona Cardinals traded up to the 47th slot -- one pick ahead of the Panthers -- Hurney acknowledged that he was crushed, sure the Cardinals were going to take him.

"I could lie, but I won't," Hurney said.

Only the Cardinals passed on Clausen, too. It didn't take Hurney long to pounce -- shaking up Carolina's newly shuffled quarterback depth chart.

"You always say anything can happen," Hurney said, smiling. "Wow, it happened. We think he's an excellent quarterback and we feel extremely fortunate to get a quarterback of his ability with the 48th pick."

After sitting out the first night of the draft with no first-round pick, the Panthers addressed one of their biggest needs and perhaps presented immediate competition to newly minted starter Matt Moore.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Clausen was rated as a first-round pick -- perhaps even in the top 10 -- by many analysts. But he wasn't selected Thursday, perhaps because of concerns about his leadership and personality.

BROWNS: Cleveland selected Texas quarterback Colt McCoy in the third round.

After passing the Heisman Trophy finalist with two earlier picks, the Browns grabbed the Longhorns' four-year starter with the No..85 overall selection.

The Browns have spent the offseason reshaping the quarterback position, which has been an almost constant headache for a decade. They traded Brady Quinn, released former Raven Derek Anderson and signed free agent Jake Delhomme. Now, they've added McCoy as a possible long-term solution.

STEELERS: Needing to get younger at linebacker, Pittsburgh selected Virginia Tech's Jason Worilds in the second round and plan to convert him from defensive end.

BENGALS: Looking for pass-rush help, Cincinnati selected Florida's Carlos Dunlap, a defensive end who missed the Southeastern Conference title game after a drunken-driving arrest.

TV: The ratings for ESPN's first NFL draft in prime time were up 23 percent from last year.

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