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The NFL Network's Charley Casserley polled the personnel of 22 NFL teams regarding their preferred quarterback, with Clemson's Deshaun Watson receiving the most votes with nine.

Watson led the field in Casserley's informal poll, followed up closely by North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky received eight votes. Of the remaining five votes, Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes drew two while the remaining three clubs polled checked in undecided. That is bad juju for Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, who received no votes at all.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 9:58 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Clemson DT Carlos Watkins to Denver Broncos DT Sylvester Williams.

"Watkins has some talent and his traits are NFL-worthy," Zierlein writes, "but he could end up being a Day 3 selection who will need to play at a more consistent level in order to become a factor as a pro." While the 6-foot-3, 309-pounder only tested on the bench at the Combine due to a hamstring injury (he put up 25 reps, there), Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed last week that Watkins excelled during his pro day work, writing that "[e]veryone I spoke with mentioned the good shape Watkins is in and how well he held up." The Steelers, Colts and Lions all met with the first-team All-ACC standout around his pro day work last week.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 5:42 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that Clemson WR Mike Williams is "still a raw route runner."

"He ran mostly slants and go routes at Clemson, so he's going to need to take to coaching and learn how to get in and out of breaks quickly," McShay writes. "That learning curve could keep Williams from having instant success in the NFL." An NFC personnel director who spoke with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is of a similar mind when it comes to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound first-rounder-to-be, saying that "it will take him some time to figure things out."
Mar 19 - 3:01 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that at the Combine and on pro day "it was clear that [Clemson QB Deshaun] Watson has tried to rectify [upper-body throwing tendencies]."

"Watson has shortened his stride and is firing his hips first, which allows his arm to become the elastic band in the equation, rather than the driving force," McShay explains. He notes that when he threw with this adjustment, "the ball came off his hand with better trajectory and more velocity." The analyst writes that while Watson sometimes reverted back to poor habits with his mechanics during pro day work, "it's an encouraging sign that the quarterback has devoted so much time to refining his technique."
Mar 19 - 2:11 PM

Clemson RB Wayne Gallman recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.56 and 4.57 seconds on pro day.

Gallman clipped a little time off his 4.60-second run through the 40 at the Combine. David Hale of ESPN passed along that after his workout, the 6-foot, 215-pounder met with two Panthers scouts. Carolina has been linked to multiple backs in this draft. Gallman might begin his NFL career as part of a rotation, believes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, but could develop into a starter down the road.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 1:55 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Justin Mascoll.

While Rivals views Mascoll as the No. 84 overall prospect in all the land, ESPN is even higher on him, slotting him in at a lofty No. 14 on their master list. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder opted for Clemson over Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. ESPN's scouting department calls him a "[s]mart, instinctive player who quickly locates the ball," one who is "[s]trong at the point of attack and flashes the ability to quickly shed."
Mar 18 - 12:32 PM

NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly believes Clemson WR Mike Williams will a better pro than the Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins.

"Watching the two of them coming out of college, off tape, to me, Williams has better separation, the ability to beat a defender one-on-one when he has to, inside and outside on cuts," Casserly said. Obviously this is quite a statement, as Hopkins has averaged more than 1,100 yards per year over four NFL seasons. Williams (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) clocked 40-yard dashes of 4.58 and 4.56 seconds at the Tigers' pro day on Thursday. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Williams "a first-round pick all day long," at the workout. There was one issue, though. "A little disappointing to me was his 10 (yard split) time, only 1.65. Laquon Treadwell of the Minnesota Vikings had the same time, that's scary," Casserly said. "He hasn't done shuttle drills. Why not? Maybe he doesn't think he does them well, and his change of direction may not be quite what we think it is. (I) love him on tape, though."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 2:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams is among the prospects visiting the Eagles on Friday.

He joins Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and a number of other prospects. Some teams bring in prospects in clumps to make the process more seamless, but also to see how they interact with each other. Williams finished his pro day this week, but declined to go through agility drills. The Eagles certainly could target a receiver in round one.
Mar 17 - 11:45 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears from multiple sources that Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's struggles with "accuracy and timing on the deep outs and out to the flanks" will be problematic for the NFL.

"A longtime friend affiliated with Clemson told me Watson struggles throwing to his left," Pauline wrote, "and it showed [during Thursday's pro day]." One scout referred to the quarterbacks's showing as a "B-minus/C-plus type workout." Watson was a consensus winner in his throwing drills at the Combine, but Thursday's performance does not appear to have done much to build on those early strong reviews.
Mar 16 - 6:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Clemson ILB Ben Boulware "looked terrific in bag drills today and better in coverage drills" during Thursday's pro day.

"While he’s not a player that will be asked to drop in space much, his hip movement and backpedal looked the best it has been the past two months," Pauline writes. This past season, Clemson's star linebacker registered 116 tackles (11.5 for loss) and a quartet of sacks. He oozes football intelligence and plays a rough-nosed style of ball. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein noted earlier this offseason that due to deficiencies in overall athleticism, Boulware might have to begin his career as a special teams contributor before potentially working his way into a more expanded role.
Mar 16 - 6:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Clemson TE Jordan Leggett impressed scouts with "the strength he displayed during blocking drills" on pro day.

Leggett met with the Bengals -- Pauline writes that Cincinnati spent a "significant amount of time with [him]") -- Bears, Steelers and Jets. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder is one of a number of impressive tight end prospects in the 2017 draft class. Pauline views him as a potential third-round selection.
Mar 16 - 5:36 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams clocked 40-yard dash times of 4.58 and 4.56 seconds at the Tigers' pro day on Thursday.

These were heavily anticipated runs, as Williams chose not to run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. His result is right on the cut line of acceptability. Prior to it, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks said a forty of 4.55 or better was what scouts wanted to see from Williams. Williams' Thursday performance shouldn't push him out of the first round. Recent NFL.com mock drafts have his projected range of outcomes from No. 10 (Bills) to No. 30 (Steelers).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 3:42 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's pro day workout on Thursday drew mixed reviews.

"It was a B-minus / C-plus type workout," an NFL scout said, noting inconsistencies with Watson's timing and ball placement. That scout, though, praised Watson's deep throws. To be fair, Mike Mayock disagreed with the tepid review. "[H]is footwork was much improved because they're working on the feet and the hips, trying to sync that up with his arm strength," Mayock said. "Now his arm strength at all three levels is outstanding -- short, medium, deep. He had a little bit more trajectory on the football, another thing they worked on. A quick overview on Watson would be very impressive workout. One caution -- like most spread quarterbacks, his accuracy is tied to his feet. His feet are a work in progress."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 3:13 PM

The Browns will privately work out Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and also intend to host him for an official visit.

Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson and GM Sashi Brown weren't at Watson's pro day on Thursday, and perhaps now we know why. The NFL's most QB-needy team holds the Nos. 1 and 12 picks in the first-round of the NFL Draft. Several industry mock drafts have the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 and Watson at No. 12.
Mar 16 - 2:45 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson plans to attend the 2017 NFL Draft.

The NFL won't announce which players will attend the festivities until next month, but 25 prospects attended last year. Watson is Mike Mayock's No. 2 QB.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 12:53 PM


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