Deshaun Watson is leaving Clemson and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. The quarterback led his school to an exciting win over Alabama in the recent national title game.
Watson had 420 passing yards on 36-of-56 passes with three touchdowns in the championship game. He added 43 rushing yards and a rushing TD in the game that was decided in the final play.
“It’s my time to go,” Watson said to ESPN. “Whoever picks me up is [going to] get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who’ll make people around him better. I’m just [going to] go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I’m [going to] play my role and do the best I can do.”
Watson could be No. 1 QB in 2017 NFL Draft
A junior in college, the 21-year-old QB was a Heisman Trophy winner candidate in 2015 and placed third behind Derrick Henry of Alabama and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford. In the 2016 college football season, Watson recorded 4,593 passing yards on 388-of-579 completions with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also had 629 rushing yards on 165 carries with nine rushing touchdowns for the season.
For his performance in the national title game, Watson was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the match-up against Alabama. Watson’s value to NFL teams varies basing on different NFL mock drafts recently. But the quarterback is projected to be a first round material by most NFL analysts.
Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports have Watson as No. 7 to the New York Jets. SB Nation state Watson could go to the Chicago Bears at No. 3. Bleacher Report even him Watson as high as No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cleveland Browns pick first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. They will be followed by the 49ers, Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Jets, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.