Clausen will skip Notre Dame pro day

March, 22, 2010
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videoSeveral NFL hopefuls will be on display on Tuesday when Notre Dame holds its annual pro day, although quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the Irish's top draft prospect, will not be among those working out in South Bend, Ind., in front of scouts.
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Kyle Terada/US PresswireJimmy Clausen will skip Notre Dame's pro day on Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.

Twelve former Notre Dame players from the 2009 team are scheduled to be in attendance, According to Notre Dame's sports information director Brian Hardin.

James Aldridge, FB
Sergio Brown, S
Paul Duncan, OT
Kyle McCarthy, S
Raeshon McNeil, CB
Eric Olsen, C/OG
Robby Parris, WR
Morrice Richardson, DE
Scott Smith, LB
Toryan Smith, LB
Golden Tate, WR
Sam Young, OT

David Grimes and Asaph Schwapp from the 2008 roster will also be in attendance

From the Bears perspective, two players worth watching are offensive linemen Young and Olsen, both of whom participated in the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and are projected by many analysts as mid-round picks.

Young possesses tremendous size [6 feet 8] and experience [a school-record 50 starts], while Olsen is a versatile player, who moved from guard to center before his senior season. Olsen started his final 31 games at Notre Dame, six at right guard, 13 at left guard and 12 at center.

As for Clausen, he's still recovering from toe surgery performed back in January, and therefore is conducting his own pro day in South Bend on April 9. However, the quarterback is expected to be on hand to meet with any NFL represenative and provide support for his former collegiate teammates.

Meantime Tate -- a potential first-round selection -- is not expected to participate in many drills after posting impressive times at the NFL Combine last month, and will likely just stick to running routes on Tuesday.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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