Deshaun Watson delivered a performance for the ages Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Trailing by four, the Clemson quarterback led his team down the field and hit Hunter Renfrow for a game-winning touchdown with one second left against Alabama, the big, bad defending champs.
It was an instant classic, and Watson was the star: 36 of 56 for 420 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks, along with 43 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
Shortly after the game, Watson confirmed he was declaring for the 2017 NFL draft.
The draft is still three and a half months away, but it’s fun to guess where Watson will end up. He just reached the pinnacle of college football, and soon he’ll be viewed as the savior for one of the NFL’s saddest franchises.
There is, more or less, a consensus about the top three quarterbacks in the draft: Watson, UNC’s Mitch Trubisky, and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. All three are possible top-10 picks.
Currently, Dan Kadar has Watson going to the Bears with the No. 3 pick. Rob Rang and Dane Brugler at CBS Sports both project him to the Jets at No. 6. In Chris Burke’s most recent mock draft at Sports Illustrated, Watson was the 49ers’ pick at No. 2.
There’s also the possibility of Watson landing with the Browns, who hold the first and 12th picks in the draft. If Watson decides to participate in the Senior Bowl, Hue Jackson and the Browns’ coaching staff will get a nice long look at him — just as the Cowboys did with Dak Prescott a year ago.
Source: SB Nation