ESPN's Todd McShay projects Watson as a Day 2 pick
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"The fact that Watson hasn't taken a leap forward is concerning, and I've dropped him a bit on my board, although he's still my No. 2 quarterback," McShay said. (This is a particularly weak QB draft class at the top.) Watson has played better in the past few games (10 TDs, 2 INTs) after a three-interception performance cost Clemson against Pitt."
McShay said that Watson is best when he uses his legs to extend plays.
"Watson's intermediate-to-deep accuracy is still an issue: He has 10 picks on passes of 15 yards or more this season, second-most among Power 5 QBs," McShay said. "Watson is at his best when he's able to run and extend plays and create with his feet in addition to throwing. He suffered the shoulder injury against Syracuse, and that seemed to throw him off for a bit."
Watson won the Davey O'Brien Award at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday evening, joining Ty Detmer, Danny Wuerffel, and Jason White as the only two-time winners of the award.
For the season, Watson has completed 329 of 487 passes for 3914 yards and 37 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the nation in completions, fifth in touchdown passes and eighth in completion percentage and eighth in total offense. His 37 touchdown passes are a Clemson season record.
Watson finished third in the Heisman voting last season as he threw for 3,512 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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