Deshaun Watson Pre-Draft Analysis

Deshaun Watson is a good quarterback but has some flaws to fix in his approach to the game in order to really excel at the next level. His athleticism has carried him this far but will not carry him through any sort of lengthy NFL career if he wants to be a starting Quarterback.

Deshaun’s footwork is good for a man of his size and stature but he could increase his speed in his short drops. Thus getting some distance between himself and the offensive line in order to complete quick passes against loose man and zone coverages. This will in turn help with his reading the field by giving him more time to see everything develop. Through my analysis, his vision of the field and knowing the defenders locations paired with the route the receivers routes is poor and delivery is slow. His delivery to receivers during the combine and his pro day were late by atleast .3-.4 tenths of a second which is all a great cornerback in the NFL will need.

He needs a better field of vision and become more knowledgable on the receiver’s routes so that he can increase his completion ratio and connect to receivers on those key plays. This is very important for routes such as the slant, the 5 yd out, 10 yd out, the dig route or a deep in route.

Deshaun Watson’s pocket presence is very poor to moderate. He seems to like to become mobile when he feels a little bit of pressure. Understanding that he might have that play maker mentality but only a very few QB’s in the NFL have been able to pull it off and remain active in the league. The main one that comes to mind is Cam Newton and even he has changed his game a little bit.

Deshaun needs to learn to be able to maintain the integrity of the pocket his offensive line will give him in order to gain their trust because when it comes time for him to become mobile, they will be more apt to help protect him. Watson’s location he holds the ball in relation to his shoulder is optimal to produce and effective throw with the least amount of wasted motion thus increasing his delivery time.

He does need to put some more zip on the ball because it seems like some of his just kind of fall flat on balls that seem to be needed to be on a rope to beat a defender. If he can’t lead a receiver and catch them in stride with a ball thrown on a rope then he doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round. As it stands, I would see Deshaun Watson going to the Redskins or Bills and signing probably a deal that looks something like $55 mil over 4 years with $30 mil guaranteed.

Given all of his achievements while at Clemson does not, in my opinion, make him a solid first round pick that will provide solid numbers for the team that drafts him. He finished his college career with over 10,000 yards in just 3 years of play while at Clemson and he only played 8 games as a Freshman. His potential is enormous and can definitely find some room to grow. He will make a solid quarterback in the NFL within 2 seasons; I would not expect him to come out of the gate and lead a team to the Super Bowl right off the bat. He does not apparently have any off the field issues, atleast none that has really made the news.

D. Oaks

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