Two Tigers projected in 1st round of McShay's 2017 Mock Draft 2.0


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Williams had a stellar career at Clemson

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has released his 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 on Wednesday and two Clemson players were listed in the first round with quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Mike Williams.

McShay had Watson projected to the San Francisco 49ers with the #2nd overall selection.

"We don't have a first-round grade on Watson because of his inconsistent accuracy and decision-making (30 INTs the past two seasons)," McShay said. "But his outstanding leadership skills and intangibles will help him during pre-draft meetings with teams, and he does have intriguing physical tools, including a good arm and athleticism. Kyle Shanahan's offense would be a good fit for Watson -- or UNC's Mitch Trubisky, who I thought about putting here. Shanahan has had success with mobile QBs in the past."

In 2016, Watson completed 388 passes out of 579 attempts for 4593 yards and 41 passing touchdowns with 17 interceptions (and his degree) for an adjusted QBR of 84.9.

McShay has changed his mind on Watson as he had him projected as a Day 2 Pick in a Mock Draft last year.

The ESPN draft analyst had Williams projected to the Buffalo Bills with the #10th overall selection.

"Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer could be in play here, depending on what happens with Tyrod Taylor," McShay said. "But the Bills have four WRs hitting free agency and would fill an immediate void with Williams. The Clemson standout has a good size-speed combination and shows the ability to create late separation when the ball is in the air."

In 2016, Williams had 98 receptions for 1361 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 177 catches for 2727 yards and 21 touchdowns (and his degree) during his impressive collegiate career at Clemson.


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