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Texans selected Clemson QB Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft

Houston gave up No. 25 pick and their 2018 first-rounder to move up. Cleveland now owns the Texans' first- and second-round picks next year. Watson (6’3/221) made 35 starts in three years at Clemson, leading the Tigers to a 32-3 record and twice winning the Davey O’Brien Award as college football’s top quarterback. He completed 67.4% of his passes with an 8.4 YPA and 90:32 TD-to-INT ratio. An 81st-percentile athlete, Watson added 26 rushing TDs at 4.4 yards per carry. While Watson was a prolific college player, his accuracy and velocity are questionable with sub-baseline 45 MPH ball speed and a tendency to poorly locate passes. He managed a 20 Wonderlic score and has a reputation as a one-read quarterback who doesn’t play comfortably from the pocket. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has likened Watson to Alex Smith. A polarizing prospect, Watson should get to prove his worth very early as the likely Week 1 starter in Houston.
Apr 27 - 9:43 PM

Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

The first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers era, Williams (6’4/218) turned pro as a redshirt junior after rebounding from a sophomore-season neck fracture to drop a 98-1,361-11 (13.9 YPR) receiving line in 2016. Williams’ tape reveals a wideout whose game is built on back-shoulder fades and contested catches, traits that translate well to the pros. A la Alshon Jeffery, Williams is dominant at the catch point and fearless over the middle. He has long arms (33 3/8") and natural hands, which help Williams compensate for sub-par separation. Possessing 4.56-4.58 speed and a mere 32-inch vertical, Williams’ ceiling likely isn’t as high as Alshon’s, but he wins in similar ways and should be used similarly in the NFL.
Apr 27 - 9:03 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko writes that "everyone I’ve spoken to has mentioned a different QB for [the Browns] later in the draft" should Cleveland pass on UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Browns will be taking Texas A&M's Myles Garrett with the first pick, but Cleveland could look for quarterback help at No. 12 later in the first round or No. 33 in the second round. Galko tags Deshaun Watson, Davis Webb and Josh Dobbs as potential targets should the Browns take Garrett at No. 1 as expected.
Apr 27 - 7:43 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that "someone close to" Clemson QB Deshaun Watson "implied" on Wednesday that the Bears could take him at No. 3.

"That's a hard one to envision," he added. We've heard that chatter as well. Cole previously reported that the Jaguars may be interested in Watson at No. 4 if he's available. Watson says it would be a slap in the face if Mitch Trubisky goes before him, but it'd be good news for him if the Browns took Trubisky at No. 1 overall. That domino dropping would leave Watson as the top quarterback on the board for many teams, and might end up getting him picked ahead of where he might have been.
Apr 27 - 2:01 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson says it would be a "slap in the face" if UNC's Mitch Trubisky is drafted ahead of him.

Watson argued that his "championship résumé" is what separates him from Trubisky. While Watson was the superior player in college, the NFL prefers Trubisky's raw tools. The odds are high that Watson will feel disrespected on Thursday night.
Apr 27 - 12:54 PM

Jason Cole reports there is "growing chatter" linking the Jaguars and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Tom Coughlin's influence on the pick cannot be undersold, and if he loves Watson then expect it to be the selection. The Jaguars have been linked to O.J. Howard and Leonard Fournette, but a quality starter at quarterback transcends the position. Watson should be on the board at No. 4, unless the Bears grab him at No. 3.
Apr 27 - 8:43 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans are a potential parachute landing spot for Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in Round 1 if Watson falls.

"His visit was overwhelmingly positive for all," Rap Sheet wrote. "He loved it, team did, too." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has connected Watson to the Bears at No. 3. In Daniel Jeremiah's most recent mock, he had Watson slipping past Houston's No. 25 slot and going to the Chiefs at No. 27.
Apr 26 - 3:28 PM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo report that the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans both privately worked out Clemson WR Mike Williams over the past week.

The Chargers, widely expected to focus on defense in Round 1, own the No. 7 pick. The Titans are a cleaner fit for Williams and have been connected to him throughout the process. Tennessee owns two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18). Presumably, the organization would like to trade a few slots down and target a receiver where the value lines up better.
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson warned teams against taking UNC's Mitchell Trubisky ahead of him in the 2017 NFL Draft.

"You're gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it," Watson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "That's how I see it. I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he's done and all the hype he's getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself. I feel like I've accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that's who they're gonna roll with, so be it." Trubisky and Watson are expected to be the first two quarterbacks picked during Thursday night's Round 1, with most assuming that Trubisky will be the first to hear his name called. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, however, believes the Bears may be interested in Watson at No. 3. Norris slotted Watson there in his most recent mock, with Trubisky going No. 10 to the Bills.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that the Saints are considering taking a quarterback in the first round.

The Saints hold picks Nos. 11 and 32, the latter coming to them as part of their Brandin Cooks trade to the Patriots. Writes Campbell, "Sources say that Payton likes all four of the top quarterback prospects." However, he adds that " it sounded as if it was more unlikely than likely." While a rookie quarterback would have the luxury of developing behind Drew Brees, the team is also desperately in need of defensive help after ranking 27th in total defense for the past campaign.
Apr 24 - 12:12 PM

An NFL scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is better than Dak Prescott.

"You can say he’s better than Dak Prescott," the scout said. "Total winner. Highly poised. Top intangibles. Lot of predetermined throws. Going to need a lot of work, like all these guys from the spread." Watson went 32-3 in college, with the 32nd win coming in January in the national title against Alabama. "He’s No. 1," a second scout said. "He’s played the best in the biggest stages. His best thing is leadership. He’s a winner. He has to develop into a pocket passer." Scouts don't question his arm, but they do have reservations about his decision making and progression reading. "He’s No. 1 just because he’s a better leader," said a third scout. "Like the kid a lot. His character is really, really good. His mechanics are below average. He threw 17 interceptions this year, which is terrible for a first-round quarterback, and a lot of them were really bad decisions. Just throwing the ball up for grabs."
Apr 23 - 1:26 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Clemson TE Jordan Leggett to Kellen Davis.

The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder had 46 receptions for 736 yards and seven touchdowns for the national champs last season. His receiving chops are strong, and he compliments them with a great size/speed combination, but Leggett is a disinterested blocker. "Has elite size for the position, but his motor and effort leave a lot to be desired," Zierlein wrote. "Despite his size, might not have the attitude necessary to be an in-line blocker on the NFL level. Tape shows a route-runner who could struggle to uncover against quality man coverage." As for Pro Football Focus, they liken Leggett to Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers, writing: "Short of playing a one-dimensional receiving role, any chance of Jordan’s chances of a prolonged NFL career depend entirely around revamping his overall blocking technique."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 12:47 PM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly hears from an NFL general manager that two quarterbacks will be drafted before the Bills pick at No. 10.

"Two quarterbacks in the top nine. That'd be a shocker," Casserly said. We would be shocked by the rumor, but seeing quarterbacks pushed up the board is nothing new. Perhaps the most tangible part of Casserly's little nugget is that the Bills -- whom met with Deshaun Watson on Friday and have been linked to him by multiple reports throughout the offseason -- might have to maneuver if they are truly coveting the Clemson star. We expect Watson and UNC's Mitchell Trubisky to be the first two quarterbacks selected in one order or another.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 12:27 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Clemson RB Wayne Gallman is "generic" and "herky-jerky."

"Little bit of strength. Runs hard, but limited. Caught the ball well at pro day but I don’t think he’s a third-down back," said another scout. A third evaluator was more openly optimistic about Gallman's pro potential, telling the Journal-Sentinel that the 6-foot, 215-pounder is a "[r]angy, leggy runner," one who is "[t]ough" and possesses "good vision." Pro Football Focus compares Gallman to Green Bay Packers RB James Stark due to both players' "very good ability to string together cuts once they get downfield." A late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection is likely in the cards for the dependable Clemson runner.
Apr 21 - 6:04 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bills will meet with Clemson QB Deshaun Watson on Friday.

This report just adds more smoke to reports of Buffalo's not-so-secret admiration for Watson. Earlier this month, for instance, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported hearing from one director of player personnel that Bills GM Doug Whaley is "as in love with Watson as we hear he is." Watson is no certainty to be available when Buffalo picks at No. 10 overall. Chicago, picking No. 3, is reportedly interested. And Cleveland has reportedly talked to the Jets about moving to No. 6 -- from No. 12, hopping Buffalo -- to land a signal-caller. Stay tuned.
Apr 20 - 12:44 PM


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