Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has been very complimentary of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen while some draft experts have picked the player apart. Now Shanahan will take a closer look.
Clausen will fly to Washington on Friday evening and then meet with Redskins officials on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. And the Redskins won't stop there. Schefter reports that Washington will hold a private workout for Clausen on April 15 in South Bend, Ind.
You always want to be on the lookout for smokescreens before the draft, but it sounds like the Redskins have a genuine interest in Clausen. At the recent owners meetings, Shanahan refused to name a starting quarterback. Jason Campbell has been the starter since '06, but he'll be challenged by Rex Grossman and whichever quarterback the Redskins select this month.
Shanahan has a lot of respect for Clausen's college head coach Charlie Weis and he's admitted that playing in a pro-style offense gives the quarterback somewhat of a head start.