ESPN Draft Analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. discussed Clemson’s NFL prospects and stated some startling things about quarterback Deshaun Watson.
ESPN Draft Analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. discussed some of Clemson’s NFL Draft prospects and gave some insight on what they expect if and when Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson enters the draft as a junior.
“The most valuable player for an undefeated team that has a chance to be the No. 1 seed in the playoff, Watson should be in New York,” Kiper Jr. said. “His passing numbers aren’t eye-popping, but A) note the efficiency and accuracy, as he’s completing over 70 percent of his passes and has consistently made the crucial throws, and B) He’s run for over 700 yards. As a prospect: He’s not draft-eligible, but you’ll see him in the rankings next year.”
His numbers aren’t eye-popping? Really?! He has thrown for 3,223 yards and 27 touchdowns against some of the best defenses in the country, while also rushing for 756 yards and nine touchdowns. Not to mention the fact that he has led the Tigers to a 12-0 season with a chance to win a National Championship, but Todd McShay went on to say more.
“It’s amazing the lack of buzz surrounding Watson,” Todd McShay said. “Like Mel said, his numbers aren’t eye-popping — mainly because the Tigers rarely throw it more than 40 times per game — but his ability to consistently create big plays through the air and on the ground has been impressive. As a prospect: He’s only a sophomore, but I’ll guess Day 3 once he’s eligible. He’s far from a finished product, but I’ve been impressed by his accuracy.”
Okay, I’ll give them a pass if they want to say his numbers aren’t “eye-popping” because he doesn’t throw the ball 40 times a game, but you’re a complete idiot if you think Watson is going in the fifth round. I mean, do these guys even watch the games or do they just look at statistics?
McShay finished his quote by saying “He’s far from a finished product.” What exactly is he so bad at that makes him “far from a finished product,” Mr. McShay. I know he’s made some errant throws and can always get better, but to call Watson “far from a finished product” is insulting.
Deshaun Watson is the best all around quarterback in the nation and has the ability to “thread the needle” with the bullet pass, complete the long bomb, or even take off and run for the first down. Obviously, he needs to put on a little more weight, but there is no question Watson is a first round draft pick all the way. I’m not sure what film these analysts are watching, but I don’t think there’s anyway teams, for four rounds albeit, pass on a quarterback who can throw the ball, run well, and has never lost a game he has started and finished in his career.