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Deshaun Watson Selected 12th Overall In The 2017 NFL Draft

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Deshaun Watson Snagged By The Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson attended Gainesville High School in his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia. Head coach Bruce Miller had planned to play a rising junior as the starting quarterback. However, Watson won the job and became the first freshman quarterback coach Miller ever started. Excelling in his junior year, Deshaun earned several accolades; Junior All-American, 2014 Player to Watch, and 2014 Top 100 Recruit; as well as winning a state championship.

He set numerous state records, total yards (17,134), total touchdowns (218), career passing yards (13,077), and career passing touchdowns (155).

College Recruitment And Commitment

Deshaun verbally committed to Clemson University on February 1, 2012. He had received offers from numerous colleges. As a matter of fact, he considered offers from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Florida State University, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Southern California. ESPN 300 ranked Watson as the number one quarterback recruit for the 2014 class.

Clemson University Tigers


As a true freshman, Deshaun Watson began his college career as the backup to starting quarterback Cole Stoudt. Even as a backup, he received extensive playing time. In fact, through three games, Watson outperformed Stoudt, completing 29 of 41 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns. On September 21, 2014, he was named as the starter for the Tigers.

Watson incurred several injuries during his freshman season. He suffered a broken bone in his right hand, a sprained LCL, and a torn ACL. He underwent surgery to repair his ACL.

The 2014 season came to a close with Watson completing 93 of 137 passes for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns, two interceptions, and eight sacks.


The Clemson Tigers were led to an undefeated 12-0 season by Watson in 2015. They were given a number one ranking in the polls.

Competing against number ten North Carolina in the ACC Championship, Watson threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns. As a result of his performance, he earned the honor of ACC Championship Game MVP.

During the 2016 CFP National Championship, against Alabama, Deshaun threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he ran for 73 yards. At this point, Watson surpassed the 4,000-yard passing mark for the season. His 478 yards against the nation’s best defense set the record for the most total yards in national championship game history.

A finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2015, he also won the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the best college quarterback. At the same time, he was named as both the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

Deshaun Watson is the first, and currently the only, player in college football history to throw for over 4,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. He concluded his sophomore season completing 333 of 491 passes for 4,104 yards, 35 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and 15 sacks.


Watson was a Heisman Trophy candidate again in 2016 as well as the first repeat winner of the Manning Award. Furthermore, he was the recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was named as the Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP and Offensive MVP for the 2017 CFP National Championship.

The 2016 season ended with Deshaun completing 388 of 579 passes for 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and 17 sacks.

Deshaun declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on November 8, 2016, and received his undergraduate degree in communications in December.

Analysis And Final Thoughts

Deshaun Watson is a tremendous leader. His delivery is smooth and efficient. He may not be perfect. However, his arm and his athleticism will allow him to hone his skills in the NFL to become a better quarterback. Moreover, teams will find his work ethic and intangibles appealing. In my opinion, he should have little problem progressing in the league.

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