After a 45-minute workout in front of 16 NFL teams, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was put through a private, three-hour workout by the Seattle Seahawks, Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports.
While the optics of a three-hour workout would seem to indicate that the Seahawks are very interested in using one of their two first-round picks on the Golden Domer, that may not necessarily be the case.
Clausen, who is coming off a toe injury, has been unable to work out for NFL scouts until today. So his pro day workout today was the first opportunity teams have had to get an up-close look at Clausen, who is rated by most draft experts to be the second-best quarterback in the draft, behind only Sam Bradford from Oklahoma.
By putting Clausen through such an lengthy workout, the Seahawks should be able to formulate a more solid opinion of his ability to succeed at the next level. They'll now know whether or not he has the physical tools to run their offense, and whether or not he has the ability to lead their franchise for the next decade.
Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are already on the roster, but neither quarterback is signed beyond the 2011 season, and the Seahawks have not ruled out adding another passer in this year's draft.
In less than two weeks, the Seahawks will have to decide whether or not to invest a high first-round pick and tens of million of dollars in guaranteed money on Clausen, or stick with Hasselbeck and Whitehurst until a potentially deeper crop of quarterbacks is available in 2011 or 2012.
Decisions at the quarterback position are the most important ones an NFL team has to make, so it would have been more surprising if the Seahawks hadn't put Clausen through a lengthy private workout on Friday.
Among the Seahawks contingent on hand for Clausen's workout were offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was not reported to be in attendance, but there may very little Carroll doesn't already know about Clausen.
"I watched Jimmy throw when he was a ninth grader," Carroll said at the Combine in February. "That's how far back I go. He was 13."
Also, Clausen's pro day workout was run by former NFL offensive coordinator and current Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who was at the Seahawks' headquarters as recently as Wednesday.
"Great to have marc trestman in our office today... A CFL coaching legend! Won the championship in 09 grey cup...", Carroll tweeted at 3:36pm PT on April 7.
After his workout with the Seahawks, Clausen was scheduled to fly to Buffalo to meet with the Buffalo Bills.
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