Jimmy Clausen, all smiles, worked out today in front of 16 NFL teams at his pro day. In attendance were Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix, Director of College Scouting Tom Modrak, and several Bills assistant coaches.
Clausen, who is still recovering from toe surgery and described himself as about 75-80% healthy, completed 57 of 59 passes to receivers Golden Tate, James Aldridge, Robby Parris and David Grimes. Due to the nature of his injury, Clausen did not execute any bootlegs or naked bootlegs, but still looked good moving around, displaying solid footwork. His two incompletions were both on deep throws to Parris; otherwise, Clausen was right on the mark with the vast majority of his throws, looked very polished mechanically, and had nice zip on his throws - the ball really popped in his receivers' hands. This workout won't change anyone's opinion on him, but it served as a nice reminder of just how legitimate his skill set is.
Meanwhile, Tate looked excellent as well. A very smooth route-runner, Tate made some nice catches on outs and deep throws, displayed excellent explosion out of his breaks, and showcased great hands and field awareness. His speed is his greatest asset, and Clausen made sure scouts knew it by lofting a couple of very deep throws and letting Tate go get them.
Clausen's next stop on his tour of NFL facilities will take place in Orchard Park, New York, which will take place this weekend after he heads to Indianapolis for a check-up on his foot. Clausen also has private workouts scheduled with St. Louis and Washington.
Bills interested in David Grimes: An undrafted free agent in 2009, Grimes spent training camp with the Denver Broncos before getting released. He told UND.com that the Bills have expressed interest in signing him.