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2016-05-03 12:44:29.0
Two Tigers ranked in Top 10 of 2017 NFL prospects
by Tony Crumpton
Assoc. Editor

The 2017 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and Yahoo! Sports has released its latest article recently with its too-early Top 25 list for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Clemson quarterback and Heisman Finalist Deshaun Watson was ranked #1 overall for the 2017 draft class.

"Watson is an athletic wonder with deep-ball accuracy who had a tremendous game in the playoffs against Oklahoma and Alabama, and that could carry him into a Heisman-winning season and the No. 1 pick in the draft," Yahoo's Eric Edholm said. "There are some things to iron out as a passer, and he’s not the biggest guy around, but Watson is a special young man."

Watson's favorite deep threat Mike Williams is ranked #9 overall in the list.

"Twelve snaps into his 2015 season, Williams suffered a broken bone in his neck and missed the entire year," Edholm said. "But the 6-4, 221-pound Williams is expected to make a full recovery. Besides, his roller-coaster ride fits the pattern set by DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins there: brilliant freshman year, setback as a sophomore, stardom regained as a junior. Williams won’t last long."

Another Clemson playmaker that stayed in school besides Williams is tight end Jordan Leggett that was ranked #23 overall.

"Lost a bit nationally in the Tigers’ shuffle, Leggett is a big, strong and athletic pass catcher and blocker who might not be truly special but is a very trusted option in their passing game whom Watson looks to in key situations," Edholm said.


Tony Crumpton can be reached at tony@tigernet.com

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