— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 24, 2017
That’s um…hmm. Yeah that’s a lot to throw on a kid’s shoulders. Watson was an excellent college quarterback but most scouts think he’s tough to evaluate at the next level. In fact, many have North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky ranked ahead of him on their draft boards.
I’m not sold on Watson either. He can move, but he’s not particularly fast or sudden as a runner, he doesn’t have a great arm and can be shaky with his accuracy for long stretches. He seemed to have a great grasp of Clemson’s offense and made big plays in big games, but will that translate to the NFL?
His progress during the draft process will be fascinating to watch.
As for Swinney’s comments, of course he’s going to pump up his guy, but comparing him to Michael Jordan might be aiming just a tad high.