SOUTH BEND, IND. — Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen spoke with reporters, including Sporting News‘ Dave Curtis, after his pro day workout Friday for NFL scouts, coaches and personnel men.
Q: What were you trying to show in the workout?
A: Just different throws. We were taking plays from coach (Charlie) Weis’ offense that we did here and going through those. Then we had some deeper throws, some things you’re going to see in pro football every day.
Q: Any lingering concern about your toe injury?
A: That’s why I didn’t do any movement, because of my foot. The toe feels great. It’s just the top of ankle, from being in a boot for eight weeks, it’s still weak. I’ve got to get it stronger. That’s why I didn’t do boots and naked (rollouts).
Q: What’s the prognosis with your toe?
A: The doctors said keep pushing through it as much as you can. There’s going to be pain. It will just gradually get better. (The doctor) said three weeks to a month, it should be 100 percent.
Q: Have you talked to Weis lately?
A: He called me last night. I was out to dinner, so I couldn’t take it. But he called and wished me luck. I talked to him two days ago for a half-hour or 45 minutes.
Q: Which teams have you visited with?
A: I went to Redskins and Browns so far. I’ve got the Bills in Buffalo, then I’m going to visit the Rams in St. Louis, then I’m coming back here on the 15th for a private (workout) with the Redskins.
Q: A day after you visited the Redskins, they traded for Donovan McNabb. What did you make of that?
A: That’s the NFL. When I was in there with coach (Mike) Shanahan, one thing he told me is that all you can control is what you can control. Just go in there and have fun when you see teams. That’s what I did today. I was myself with my guys.
Q: What are you hearing about where you’ll go in the draft?
A: Like I said, control what you can control. I have no idea what’s going to happen on draft day. Hopefully, I go in first round. I could go top five, top 10. I could go in the second round. My name’s going to get called, and I’m going to have fun.
Q: You don’t really think you’re going in the second round, do you?
A: (Laughing) I’ve seen a lot of things happen.