There seem to be very different views on where Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson will be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah said he has yet to speak with an NFL team that does not have a first-round grade on the signal-caller, but does that mean he will slide to the second round?
As is often the case, quarterbacks are overdrafted and that seems like it could be the case with Watson if Jeremiah’s report is true.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there are three NFL executives who predict Watson will go in the top 16.
Two NFL personnel directors and one NFL general manager each predicted this week, after Monday night’s national championship win, that Watson has pushed himself into the top half of the first round. One predicted: “Cleveland could take him at No. 1 — look who’s coaching them.” Another said Watson would be a top-five pick, while the third was supremely confident that Watson would go within the top 10.
“All I’m saying is this,” one personnel director said this week, “if [Robert Griffin III] and Vince Young and Marcus Mariota can go in the top couple of picks, there’s no question Deshaun Watson can. He led his team against Alabama, one of the best defenses we’ve seen in a long time. He’s done a ton of winning since he’s been at Clemson. Absolutely do I think someone can take him in the top 10.”
It will certainly be interesting to see where Watson lands, but it seems clear that NFL executives believe he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
And in a weak quarterback class, it would be more surprising for Watson to fall than hear his name called early.
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