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Could Watson be the best QB prospect in the country?
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Could Watson be the best QB prospect in the country?

Published Aug. 13, 2015 11:13 a.m. ET

Everybody knows Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a special talent, but is he the best NFL quarterback prospect in the country? According to Pro Football Focus he just might be.

The praise might be a little much considering Watson is only a rising sophomore who is not eligible to be drafted until 2017 and is yet to complete a full college football season, but Pro Football Focus feels the ultra-athletic 6-2, 205-pound QB is the total package.

In 2014, Watson, who missed a large chunk of his season due to a leg injury, completed 93 of his 137 pass attempts for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Despite the modest sample size, the true sophomore was voted the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.


Pro Football Focus gave his freshman season a grade of 79.9 and said this about the Tigers star passer: “Watson made some of the most impressive throws of any quarterback last season, and while that’s just a small part of the overall picture, his downfield touch and ball placement was hard to ignore. He had an accuracy percentage of 51.6 on passes thrown beyond 20 yards, good for sixth-best in the FBS. And his athleticism and running ability are a nice add-on to his game — he’s difficult to tackle (forced 17 missed tackles) and able to make plays when the pocket breaks down.

"Watson’s total package of throwing ability, production, and athleticism make him an early favorite to be the top quarterback off the board whenever he enters the draft (2017 at the earliest) — and with a 2016 quarterback class filled with question marks, Watson may be the best NFL prospect taking the field this fall.”

(h/t Pro Football Focus


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