Remember When Mel Kiper Said He’d Retire If Jimmy Clausen Wasn’t A Successful QB By 2018?
Back during the 2010 NFL Draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper made the bold proclamation that if Notre Dame All-American Jimmy Clausen wasn’t a successful quarterback in the NFL within eight years he would retire. Time’s up, Mel!
Let’s see… search… Jimmy Clausen… career NFL stats… and… 22 games played in three seasons (2010, 2014, 2015), 1-13 as a starter, 472 passes, 54 percent completion percentage, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the Panthers, Bears and Ravens. Hmmm… the NFL Draft sure won’t be the same without you, Mel.
Awful Announcing has the receipts…
Kiper had Clausen ranked as the fourth best prospect in the entire 2010 NFL Draft even though most other draft pundits had the QB projected to go in the second round (Clausen was subsequently selected 48th overall by the Carolina Panthers). At the time, people accused Kiper of being biased since he and Clausen shared the same agent, Gary Wichard.
But Kiper only dug in his heels further, making this infamous proclamation on ESPN:
“If Jimmy Clausen is not a successful quarterback in the NFL, I’m done. That’s it. I’m out.”
Replied McShay: “What is your time frame, Mel? When do we make that assessment?”
Kiper: “I want eight years.”
McShay: “It will only take three years, Mel. We can tell inside three years.”
Kiper: “I want eight.”
He should have listened to Jon Gruden.