40 Time: 4.66 (86th percentile)
Burst Score: 116.4 (77th percentile)
Agility Score: 11.26 (70th percentile)
Throw Velocity: 49 mph (1st percentile)
After a highly visible and prolific collegiate career that concluded with a National Championship victory in a rematch with Alabama, Deshaun Watson had nothing left to prove at Clemson. Watson immediately declared for the NFL draft after a title-game performance for the ages, and the future is looking bright. Watson put up monster numbers at the college level, throwing for 10,168 yards and 90 touchdowns against 32 interceptions, while rushing for 1,934 yards and 26 touchdowns over the course of his career. Having completed 67.4-percent of his passes with an 85.8 College QBR, Watson profiles as the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Deshaun Watson showed plenty at the 2017 NFL Combine, posting a 4.66 40-Yard Dash, while displaying fantastic athleticism with a 116.4 Burst Score, 11.26 Agility Score, and 98.9 (72nd percentile) SPARQ-x Score. Watson was also impressive in the passing drills, and scouts were raving about his intangibles, leadership qualities, and big-game experience.
While Deshaun Watson has been impressive in his preparation for the draft, he struggled with accuracy and consistency at times at Clemson. Watson wasn’t particularly efficient in college, evidenced by his 8.1 (50th-percentile) College YPA, and his 49 mph (1st-percentile) Throw Velocity raises questions as to whether he can fit the ball into tight windows. He also struggled to take care of the football, throwing 30 interceptions over the last two seasons.
Due to the fact that he played in a spread offense while taking snaps primarily out of the shotgun, Deshaun Watson will have to show that he can adjust to an NFL-style offense. A fantastic supporting cast also aided Watson, as Clemson has been one of the best college programs in terms of developing talent at the skill positions.
Despite his shortcomings, Deshaun Watson displays excellent intangibles and athleticism, and projects as a first-round selection in April’s draft. Although Watson could use some time on the bench, he could provide value in fantasy football leagues if he ends up in the right situation.