One of the top rookie prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, Deshaun Watson has stated that teams have told him that he is guaranteed to be a first round draft pick and could go as high as Top 10 or Top 5. The NFL Scouting Combine is set next month and Watson is expected to participate.
Most NFL Mock Drafts have Watson within the top picks although some have him outside the Top 10. Watson, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season with the Clemson Tigers in college football, was one of the best QB’s in college football last season.
After their impressive win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game, Watson’s draft stock rose. Some NFL analysts had him rated as the number one quarterback in the draft class in early February.
Watson draft stock falls
However, his draft stock has fallen in recent mock draft updates with Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina getting ahead in the QB rankings. Some analysts don’t even see him as a first round talent.
“I’m hearing that. First round, anywhere in that range, top 10, top five, just depends on what the teams say,” Watson stated recently, via the Associated Press.
“It’s something I can’t control. I just make sure I can control what I can control. Stay positive. The height is the height. This is how God made me. My hands are this size. I can’t really control that. . I can put on weight and be able to go out there and throw and run and talk in the interviews and my knowledge. But outside of physical and body, that’s it.”
Watson added in the interview that he would participate in the NFL combine next month. “That’s the plan. Run, throw, meetings, everything,” the dual-threat quarterback said about the upcoming rookie showcase.
Watson was one of the top recruits in his class when he started college football. A number of colleges had offers for him before he committed to Clemson. The 21-year-old QB gained a lot of experience in college and has appeared in two National Championship games plus three other Bowl Games since 2014.
But Watson’s highlight in his college football career was in his final one when he showed poise and toughness against Alabama’s defense. He led Clemson to the national title and NFL scouts noticed his play. That performance might have earned him a first round selection in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.