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Which NFL team would make the most sense for Sean Clifford?

Sean Clifford met with three NFL teams this week. Which of these potential landing spots would be best for the former Penn State quarterback?



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Nov 26, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) waves to the fans following the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan State 35-16. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Florham Park, NJ– Penn State’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns is pursuing his NFL dream after six years in Happy Valley. Despite leading Penn State to many successful seasons and breaking almost all of Penn State’s quarterback records, Sean Clifford was not invited to the NFL Combine. Clifford did get to show off his talents in front of NFL scouts at Penn State’s Pro Day in March. But in recent weeks, Clifford has grabbed the attention of several NFL teams. On Friday, Clifford met with the New York Jets, his second NFL team in as many days. 

Which NFL team would make the most sense for Sean Clifford?

The level of interest that any of these teams have in Clifford is yet to be determined. But, of the NFL teams that he has met with in person, which would make the best landing spot for Sean Clifford?

First, Clifford visited the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. The Ravens are currently dealing with a nightmare situation where former MVP Lamar Jackson has requested a trade. Jackson will play on the non-exclusive franchise tag if he stays with Baltimore this season. This franchise tag also means Jackson can meet with other teams if the Ravens don’t want to trade him. Since there is this level of uncertainty in Baltimore, the Ravens need to be looking for options at quarterback. Clifford could prove to be a solid, reliable option

Clifford also met with the New York Giants on Thursday. Penn State and the Giants already have several strong connections. Other than having former Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley and Cam Brown on the team, the New York Giants have a Penn State alum on their coaching staff. Christian Daboll, the son of Giants head coach Brian Daboll, was a student coach at Penn State for the last three and a half years. Now, Christian serves as an offensive assistant for the Giants, with his father as his boss. Brian Daboll visited Happy Valley for a game last season. Since this connection exists, Sean Clifford’s meeting with Big Blue wasn’t necessarily surprising. 

Clifford stayed in New Jersey on Friday when he visited with the New York Jets. The Jets are currently trying to figure out their quarterback situation as well. Zach Wilson has had a shaky start to his career. While he has a lot of upside, Wilson has struggled with consistency. The Jets also lost Mike White in free agency, who played a lot last season. Another veteran, Joe Flacco, also saw time for Gang Green. Needless to say, the Jets need to figure out their long-term plans at QB. Since there is this uncertainty, it makes sense that Clifford is in Florham Park to meet with the Jets.

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