In many of the previous blog posts I've discussed the importance teams place on personal interviews. This is especially true with quarterbacks.
Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen was solid, but unspectacular in his interview with the media. He appeared calm and answered questions about the perception that he is not a leader or good teammate with diplomacy, patience and intelligence. He explained his strengths well, pointing out that he takes good care of the ball, is a tough kid who is willing to play through pain and that he has been groomed in a pro-style offense.
At the same time, he did not provide the "buzz" to command a room that many of the top-rated quarterbacks of previous years have.
As wishy-washy as that might sound, it could be important. Players who treat their interview with the media as an extension of the job interview these four days essentially are, try to be dynamic. Every one who is looking for a job wants to be the person his potential employer remembers and knows in his "gut" when he's found the right fit. For all of the hours and millions of dollars that go into scouting, teams still often rely on these gut decisions.
For this job, teams are looking for quarterbacks who possess that undefinable "it" quality.
If Clausen has "it," the quality wasn't obvious this afternoon.