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  • Welcome QB Deshaun Watson




    DESHAUN WATSON

    CLEMSON ACC

    COMBINE RESULTS

    GRADE

    5.98
    • 6'2"HEIGHT
    • 33"ARM LENGTH
    • 221LBS.WEIGHT
    • 9 3/4"HANDS
    OVERVIEW


    The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist took the Clemson program to another level, resulting in the school's first national championship in more than 30 years. Starting five games as a true freshman and winning four (14 touchdowns against just two interceptions), the 2013 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year immediately showed he belonged, even though he had to have surgery on a torn ACL after the season. In his sophomore season, Watson led his team to the National Championship (4,104 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns; 1,105 rushing yards, including 12 scores) and won the Davey O'Brien and Payton Manning Awards as the nation's top quarterback. Watson didn't take home as much hardware in 2016, but he still led Clemson to a national title while garnering second-team All-American honors (4,593 yards, 41 TDs, 17 INTs, 67.0 completion pct; 629 yards, nine TDs rushing).


    STRENGTHS

    Tremendous leader and winner. Good pocket posture with quiet upper body. 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. Fires hips through throws for improved drive velocity into tight windows. Arm strength currently limited by mechanical issues that are correctable. Big, strong hands to pump fake and manipulate. Keeps ball tucked near his chest when scanning. Has 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. Has called running plays could ignite a stagnant offense. Has instant juice out of pocket to make defense pay if rush lanes are vacated. 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.

    WEAKNESSES

    Frame is a little more slender than teams typically like. Accuracy runs hot and cold. Tends to over-stride on drive throws, causing release point to drop and balls to sail. Ball placement on crossing routes and slants needs to improve. Will leave throws behind intended targets. Deep-ball accuracy has been scatter-shot over his last two seasons at Clemson, with throws sailing well beyond his target. Design of offense limited his need to make full-field reads. 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. Has issues improvising away from initial, pre-snap plan even when pathway to target becomes muddy. Shotgun quarterback who, like Jared Goff, could take time getting used to huddling, pace of play-calling and drop-backs from under center.

    DRAFT PROJECTION

    Rounda 1-2

    NFL COMPARISON

    Marcus Mariota

    BOTTOM LINE

    Teams will have to weigh the inconsistent field vision and decision-making against his size, athleticism, leadership and production. While not perfect, teams can add checks to both arm and accuracy boxes for Watson. However, discussions about whether or not his areas of improvement can be corrected will likely determine whether a team will view him as a high-upside prospect or a franchise quarterback. Watson's transition from Clemson's offense to a pro-style attack will obviously take time, but his combination of intangibles and athletic ability make him worth a first-round selection. -Lance Zierlein
    The look on O'Brien's face there tells it all.

    Welcome to Rick's QB.
    Last edited by H2O4me; 4 weeks ago.
    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

  • #2
    I'm excited! He's a winner, a clutch player, a champion. But I was excited about acquiring Brock last year. Huh, maybe they draft another QB and flood the QB room.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
      The look on O'Brien's face there tells it all.

      Welcome to Rick's QB.
      Houston.....we have lift off !

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      • #4
        So we've given away our 2018 1st and 2nd round picks.
        In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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        • #5
          Rick might as well just trade off the rest of next years picks to the Browns. He's already given them our first 2 picks of next years draft.
          ~Your Weekly Game Thread Creator~

          GO TEXANS!!!

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          • #6
            https://www.google.com/amp/www.sbnat...n-texans-tweet

            The Texans teased their Deshaun Watson pick on Twitter 2 hours before making it



            $ In Bill We Trust &

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            • #7
              What look on his face? I'm happy with it. Roll the dice and see what happens. He doesn't have to start immediately so now you can have a genuine competition.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Barzilla View Post
                What look on his face? I'm happy with it. Roll the dice and see what happens. He doesn't have to start immediately so now you can have a genuine competition.
                Maybe we have our Warren Moon!

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                • #9
                  My gut feeling was spot on. I knew we would move up to grab Watson.

                  Great bold move Rick Smith and Bill O'Brien
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                  Bleeds Texans Blue Red and White Blood.

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                  • #10
                    Lance Zierlein @LanceZierlein
                    this one shocks me. Completely shocks me.

                    Brett Kollmann @BrettKollmann
                    I will say this though, at least Deshaun Watson is excited to be a Texan. He's a good dude, so that's something. #silverlinings
                    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                    • #11
                      Well we made the biggest draft day move in franchise history to go get Watson. Upside is a national championship against Alabama, he's strong, athletic, and has a big arm. Weakness may be the uncertainty of him being able to read a defense....time will tell, and we will absolutely find out. I'm just glad that we are making a concerted effort to fund our franchise quarterback!!

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                      • #12
                        Smith was standing, smiling, and cheering. O'B was sitting stone faced ... Maybe he is just tired.
                        ~ this is not the signature you're looking for ~

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                          So we've given away our 2018 1st and 2nd round picks.
                          A steep price only if he doesn't work out. If he is what I think he can be, it is a good deal. Time will tell

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                          • #14
                            We got ourselves a QB who went to the national championship twice, each time torching the toughest defense in college football. Deshaun Watson is a gunslinger, competitive, and expects to win. He'll bring some much needed fire to this offense, and most importantly, he'll put up some points.

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                            • #15
                              Ughh..Watson has a historically bad arm.... His exit velocity was 49 MPH, compared to Mahomes 60, Webb 59. I dont know how far back you have to go to find a QB with as poor of a velocity rate. Terrible fit for our offense. This leads to OB being fired....Stupid. Led FBS in interceptions over last three years. Manziel blew up Alabama, howd that work out. He was completely lost on Gruden when it came to switching two plays. Give me a break, he's a total NFL project. I told everyone last year Fuller was a bust and could not catch a cold. I was right then and I am right now.

                              Last edited by lrtexasman; 4 weeks ago.

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