Why Deshaun Watson should’ve been the 1st QB pick, according to his Clemson teammates

Deshaun Watson was not be the first quarterback taken at the NFL draft on Thursday night. Mitchell Trubisky was, going second overall to a trading-up Bears team.

If Watson now goes on to be the class’ best QB, there’ll be a lot of I-told-you-sos from some of the people who know him best: his teammates and head coach for the last three years at Clemson.

Almost every player who’s ever entered the draft has drawn praise from his teammates and coaches. But the praise reserved for Watson by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and some of the QB’s teammates over the years has been particularly effusive. To these people, it’s unfathomable that Watson might not be the first QB off the board.

He’s definitely the best quarterback in the draft, former Clemson defensive lineman Carlos Watkins told SB Nation before the draft. That’s my opinion.

I think so, honestly, his tight end, Jordan Leggett, told SB Nation when asked if Watson should be the first QB taken. I don’t know why people don’t have him going first, but that’d just be a bad business move on whichever team takes another quarterback before him, honestly.

I believe so, added running back Wayne Gallman. That’s my quarterback, so I’m gonna always root for him to go the highest he could possibly go. I think he has the work and the film to prove that.

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If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan, I’m just telling you, he told reporters in January, fresh off the Watson-engineered win over Bama.

The case for Watson is based in some part on intangible traits.

When Watson’s teammates rave about him, poise is the common denominator.