Deshaun Watson NFL Draft Profile
Size: 6’3 215lbs
- Pocket mobility
- Arm strength
Analysis: Deshaun Watson is a proven winner and a tremendous leader. He has good pocket mobility and doesn’t show much panic when pocket gets noisy. Sacked just 32 times over his last 1,181 drop-backs. Willing to stand in and deliver the ball against rib-wreckers on a clear path for him. Has history of clutch play in big games and big moments. Averaged 472 yards of total offense with eight total touchdowns and one interception in his two championship appearances against Alabama. Throws with anticipation and touch. Watson has a compact, over-the-top release that uncorks a tight, pretty spiral. Throws with adequate accuracy on the move. Has traits to operate out of boot-action attack. Tremendous athlete who has ability to pick up chunks of yardage on ground. Does a good job of sliding or eluding square collisions in space as a runner. Dual-threat weapon near end zone who will create additional preparation time for coaching staffs looking to limit his effectiveness in the red area. Every meaningful passing stat improved in close-and-late situations in 2016.
- Inconsistent accuracy
- Reading coverages
Analysis: For as much winning Deshaun Watson has done during his career at Clemson, there are a lot of traits that are showing up as red flags for many scouts. He can be one of the most accurate passers on any given drive and then the next he misses wide open receivers. His inconsistency with his accuracy is the biggest limitation in his game right now. He has to become adept at working through progressions and playing chess against safeties. Needs to let routes develop rather than rushing anticipatory throws. Too many interceptions due to lack of vision, placement or decision-making. Threw interception vs. Troy against bracketed coverage he didn’t see. Baited into bad-decision interceptions twice by Florida State cornerbacks. Scouts say his throwing motion is a bit off but should be easily corrected with his position coach in the NFL.
NFL Comparison: Marcus Mariota
Draft Projection: Round 1
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