Throughout the week, we're taking a deep dive into the the three college quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns will likely be tied to in 2017 NFL Draft. With the answer under center not currently on the roster, most people believe the Browns will end up drafting one of these three. Today, we take a look at Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson
Name: Deshaun Watson
Weight: 215 pounds
Hometown: Gainesville, Georgia
Current Occupation: Quarterback for the Clemson Tigers
Former Occupation: Quarterback for Gainesville High School, where he threw for 3,775 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior. Also ran for 1,057 yards and 14 more TDs.
Passing: 329-487, 3914 yards, 37 TDS, 15 INTs
Completion Percentage: 67.6%
Adjusted Completion Percentage Under Pressure (2015): 36.8%
Rushing Yards: 529
Rushing TDs: 6
Has He Said Anything About the Browns Yet?
Not yet, but only because he's clearly focused on the task ahead, which is angering all Cleveland fans before he even gets here by beating Ohio State in the College Football Playoff.
But Does He Even Lift?
Bro, are you really asking? Of course he lifts, and he dances when he's done too.
What Does He Do Well?
Watson throws one of the prettiest deep balls you'll ever see. Let's start with one of his best. This touchdown pass (in the face of an all-out blitz) in Clemson's 2016 opener against Auburn is simply absurd.
Clemson moved the pocket out right for Watson on this touchdown throw against Alabama in the 2016 National Championship, and Watson hit his wideout with a dime in the corner of the end zone against arguably the best defense in college football.
In Clemson's sole loss of the 2016 season against Pittsburgh, Watson freezes the safety ever so slightly with a subtle play fake, then hits his wideout over the top with a perfect pass before the safety can come help.
Watson can also be devastating with his legs. He won't hesitate to take off if he goes through his progressions and no one is open, and if there's a running lane available, he'll find it. He can also escape the pocket and keep his eyes downfield, extending the play until one of his wideouts gets open.
Watson is the very definition of a dual-threat quarterback. He has a strong arm, can hit the deep pass with ease, and can take off and pick up sizable yardage when a play breaks down.
What Stuff Does He Need to Work On?
Watson can look so gosh darn good standing in the pocket and delivering a beautiful spiral that it makes his mistakes all the more infuriating. And when I say mistakes, I mean his interceptions. He threw 15 of them this season, many of them a result of Watson's inability to read the defense or see the field properly. Watson is too often easily duped by a safety or linebacker who are simply watching his eyes and jumping a route. Pittsburgh did it to him twice, above, where a safety was just lying in wait, and below, where Watson somehow never even saw the linebacker in front of his wide receiver.
Alabama got Watson in last year's National Championship game in much the same way. While Watson waited for his running back's wheel route to develop, he never saw the safety, who easily read the route and picked the ball off.
You'll notice what most of Watson's aforementioned picks have in common: there's pressure in his face. We wrote above that his completion percentage in 2015 when pressured was a pretty awful 36. 8 percent. Halfway through 2016, it was an even more horrid 31.8 percent, though Watson played better the second half of the season so that number has more than likely jumped up. Still, Watson's decision making under pressure and poor field vision will certainly be a concern to the Browns.