The NFL 2017 Draft will be a piece of comedy. It really will be.
Not because of fans continually booing Roger Goodell (it actually gets old pretty quickly), or fans screaming “What?” randomly, or the insane amount of Jets fans who turn up to the show believing that THIS will be the time that they actually pick a good player.
It’ll be because the TV idiots will spend their times arguing about who the best Quarterback who’s going to go to the next level? Will it be Deshaun Watson? Or Mitch Trubisky? Or DeShone Kizer? Or Pat Mahomes?
The argument should be one of the shortest discussions since people asked themselves if that Peyton Manning out of the University of Tennessee was really that good (Answer: He was).
Now, I’ve been trying to make a really long, angry argument about why Watson should be the No.1 quarterback taken out, but honestly, if a National Championship, ripping Nick Saban’s vaunted defense with his arm and legs a new one for two years straight and putting up a 32-3 record as a starter for Clemson don’t do it for you, I don’t know what will.
Of course, some people worry that Watson won’t be ready for the NFL by pointing out his interception numbers, which certainly aren’t the healthiest. I’ve seen a clip of most of his INTs in the 2016 season, and I’d say that where the fault should lie (receiver or Watson himself) is 50/50. Sure he made some stupid throws. But that’s why he’s in college. I don’t know a college quarterback that didn’t make a dumb throw in 2017.
I would argue that Deshaun Watson is a better choice for quarterback than a number of current QBs currently getting paid waaaaay too much money in the league to ply their trade right now. For example, I genuinely think he’s better than Ryan Tannehill at Miami. And Blake Bortles at Jacksonville. And Tyrod Taylor at Buffalo. And whoever the 49ers, Jets, Cleveland and Denver are throwing up this week. I think he would outduel Sam Bradford in Minnesota, Carson Wentz in Philly, and Kirk Cousins in Washington. He’s certainly better than Mike Glennon, who Chicago added for silly money in March. And arguably he’s better than Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, too.
Dak Prescott, who’s currently the ‘Miracle Man’ in Dallas would probably agree with the sentiment. If Watson has a good offensive line ahead of him and competent wide receivers and a running game, he’ll be good.
Which makes me believe that even if he doesn’t start, he should be taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here’s why. Ben Roethlisberger is pretty close to finishing his career. He’s not got many more injuries left in him, and despite what he would like to do, his body’s not going to hold up. His back-up, Landry Jones, had 558 yards passing for 4 TDs and 2 INTs, and looked uncomfortable in the pocket. As a quarterback.
If Watson gets taken, he comes to a solid franchise run by a solid family, with less chance of getting screwed around by ownership than some other teams. He’s got a model to learn from in Big Ben in terms of a quarterback who can also use his legs as well as a cannon arm, who’s a team leader, and has excellent weapons in Antonio Brown and LaVon Bell. And his offensive line’s pretty good, too. If Watson ‘another couple of years’, Pittsburgh would be the perfect place to start.
For Pittsburgh, they get a winner in Watson, who comes with a lot of pedigree but will have a few things to work out to make him perfect. Oh, and he can throw accurately, which makes him better than Jones. Automatically.
Going to a team and learning the ropes for a season or two worked for another QB currently doing OK in the league. His name? Mr Aaron Rodgers.
Now, some cards would have to fall for Watson to fall all the way down to Pittsburgh, but weirder things have happened. You know, like a not-particularly-highly-rated QB named Joe Montana getting picked in the third round by San Francisco in 1982. That worked OK for the 49ers.
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