NFL.com has Two Tigers as Top 15 juniors


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NFL.com released its latest article on Wednesday afternoon ranking the Top 15 juniors in college football and Clemson's offensive tandem of Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Mike Williams were included.

The Tigers were the only school to have the distinction of having two players listed in the rankings.

Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson was ranked #2 on the list behind only Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

"Watson's delivery, release, and velocity are exactly what all NFL teams are looking for," NFL.com said. "As a dual-threat quarterback with the talent to beat teams with his arm or his legs, Watson's 47 total touchdowns should make him one of the most heralded underclassmen in college football. Watson's biggest concerns are his deep-ball accuracy and staring targets down for too long. Also worth noting, Watson had multiple injury issues to contend with early in his career, including a torn ACL."

Watson completed 333 of 491 passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and also had 207 rushes for 1105 yards and 12 scores this past season. His 5,209 yards of total offense and his 47 total touchdowns were ACC records, and his rushing total was a record for a Clemson quarterback.

His 487 yards of total offense set a record for a National Championship game, and he is the first quarterback in FBS history to have at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

Playmaker Mike Williams was ranked #8 on the list of top juniors.

"A neck injury forced Williams out for the year in the first week of the 2015 season, but he's healthy now and ready to make scouts remember just how dangerous he can be as Clemson's top receiver," NFL.com said. "Size, speed, and brilliant ball skills have become the hallmark of some of the latest Clemson receivers who have made it into the NFL. Williams is in that exclusive club. As an electric ball-winner when the 50/50 ball comes his way, Williams is simply too talented to not become a major factor once again for the Tigers -- especially with Deshaun Watson as his trigger man."

Williams had 1,030 receiving yards and 6 TDs in 2014 and 77 catches for 1,346 yards and nine touchdowns in his collegiate career.

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