DFW 2017 ROOKIE PROFILE: QB Deshaun Watson


Deshaun Watson – Junior / 6’2″ / 221 lbs – Clemson

  • Finished his career at Clemson as a 2-time Heisman finalist with 35 and 41 touchdowns and over 4,000+ yards in his sophomore and junior seasons.
  • During his college career Watson passed for 90 total touchdowns and ran for another 26 on the ground.
  • Led Clemson to it’s first title since 1981 showing his strong leadership skills which should translate at the next level.
  • Has shown the ability to play big when in the spotlight in important games.
  • Great speed, strong arm and overall athleticism combo that not many players can rival.
  • Strong mobility and footwork allowing him to escape from pressure and a solid passer on the run.
  • Has great speed (4.66 40-time) for a QB and can pick up big gains on the ground when the pocket breaks down or when the receivers can’t break free down the field.
  • Not the tallest QB at 6’2″ but that shouldn’t define whether he is successful at the NFL level so that isn’t a pro or con in my book.
  • Should be able to make a bigger impact in the red-zone due to his feet as a dual-threat QB.
  • High football iQ moving defenders with his eyes creating better passing lanes for his true intended target.
  • Needs to improve on his accuracy whether throwing deep or timing routes in order to truly excel at the next level.
  • Solid touch on short lob passes.
  • Threw too many interceptions.
  • Has an ACL tear in his rear view mirror that shouldn’t be an issue moving forward.
  • Didn’t play much under center spending much of his time in a spread offense which could cause some transition issues playing more under center in the NFL.
  • All said and done he could be over-drafted in a few weeks for NFL QB-needy teams. I think any dynasty owner who drafts him will have to exercise patience while he develops during his rookie year.
  • Coming out of HS Watson was recruited by Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, OSU, Oregon, USC before committing to Clemson.
  • Watson was ranked as the #1 HS QB in 2014 class by ESPN 300.
  • COMBINE UPDATE: 40 = 4.66, Vertical = 32 1/2″, Broad Jump + 9’9″, 3-cone = 6.95
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE: Late 1st or early 2nd