Written by Bryan Perez on December 31, 2016
A strange thing has happened to Deshaun Watson’s NFL draft status in the last 12 months. Despite posting an almost identical season as a passer and leading Clemson back to the College Football Playoff, Watson has seen his stock drop to the point where some are pondering whether he’ll end up a first-round pick when it’s all said and done.
Watson’s experience isn’t a new phenomenon. High-profile players, who have been high-profile for a couple of seasons, tend to see their stock take a dip at the end of their collegiate career because the draft media, quite frankly, gets bored. Offering the same praise over and over gets old. Naturally, the only thing left to do is find reasons to critique a player who, despite the critic’s best efforts, has a lot more good tape than bad.
Watson entered the 2016 season as the consensus top quarterback in the country. He’s (read more…)