2017 NFL Draft Profile: Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson
By Nick Ziegler
The 2017 NFL Draft is right around the corner. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson?
With the NFL Draft less than a month away, teams are trying to figure out their plans for the draft. As always, quarterbacks are highly coveted in the draft, as many teams are always searching for their franchise quarterback.
This year, there are a good amount of quarterbacks that could be taken in the first round, but there doesn’t appear to be a can’t miss prospect. Due to teams that are selecting early in the draft having a need for a quarterback, we might see one or two go in the Top-10 this season.
One of the draft prospects that might be the best quarterback in the NFL Draft is Deshaun Watson. In his final game as a college player, Watson was able to help lead Clemson to a National Title victory against Alabama.
In the National Title Game, Watson played very well, as he totaled 420 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Against one of the best defenses in the country, Watson was really impressive.
Even though Watson did leave college on a high note, he did make a lot of mistakes as a quarterback. In 2016, Watson totaled 41 touchdown passes, but the 17 interceptions were a bit concerning to see.
At times, Watson tried to do too much with the football, and that resulted in turnovers. Limiting the interceptions will certainly be the most important thing for Watson to work on when he heads into the NFL.
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Like other quarterbacks in the draft this year, Watson can hurt a team on the ground as well. Watson ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine to showcase his speed. Watson has a lot of talent as a thrower and a runner. However, he must do a better job protecting the football when he is drafted.