|by Tony Crumpton|
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.
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