Today was the pro day of the National Champion Clemson Tigers, and there are 14 of their prospects working out for NFL teams. The highest profile of the 14 Tigers is without question, quarterback Deshaun Watson, who will be looking to erase any doubt about his arm strength.
The Chicago Bears not only have general manager Ryan Pace down in South Carolina, scouting Watson and his teammates, but head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and quarterback coach Dave Ragone as well.
For those scoring at home, those four guys were probably there to closely watch Watson.
If the Bears do covet Watson, they’ll likely have to pull the trigger with the 3rd overall pick, because it’s doubtful he makes it back around to them in the 2nd round and the 36th overall selection. Chicago could try to get creative and trade back from three, or trade back into the 1st round to snag Watson later, but if they believe he’s a franchise quarterback, why play games.
Here’s the full list of Clemson participants;
#Clemson Pro Day participants. pic.twitter.com/EyL3PDrpGe— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 16, 2017
If cornerback Cordrea Tankersley falls to the 2nd round, he’s be a guy to keep an eye on for the Bears.
Tight end Jordan Leggett may get pushed down the board a bit in this good tight end class, but he’s a good, versatile receiver that will need to work on his blocking.
But back to Watson, here are a few clips of him working out.
Deshaun Watson (@DeshaunWatson4) begins his workout at #Clemson Pro Day @wyffnews4 pic.twitter.com/ZmleGZhMYq— Ricardo LeCompte (@RLeCompteWYFF) March 16, 2017
@DeshaunWatson4 running through QB drill pic.twitter.com/31GkFVkk1a— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 16, 2017
Another QB drill for @DeshaunWatson4 pic.twitter.com/D1uufYcEu7— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 16, 2017
#Clemson QB Deshaun Watson with an over throw. pic.twitter.com/7BQioBtEru— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 16, 2017
Stop route for Watson and Williams pic.twitter.com/Ae4dhAzWnC— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 16, 2017
Deshaun Watson to Mike Williams ... pic.twitter.com/HNXfpPJYhZ— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) March 16, 2017
#Clemson QB Deshaun Watson play-action fake and pass to RB in the flat. pic.twitter.com/ySdpWuwhab— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 16, 2017
Pass in the flat pic.twitter.com/mGnjn4TIkk— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 16, 2017
More live coverage of Clemson qb @DeshaunWatson4's pro day coming up at 11am est on @sportscenter. Showing mobility out of the pocket here. pic.twitter.com/Nt6Ok7LhGt— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) March 16, 2017
Deshaun Watson to Jordan Leggett. pic.twitter.com/13gnoDRrQu— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) March 16, 2017
#Clemson QB Deshaun Watson connects with TE up the seam. pic.twitter.com/7YCWZ7lxH1— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 16, 2017
And a few observations from those in attendance.
2- Deshaun Watson solid thus far but I thought he threw better at combine. Lack of ball speed glaring— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 16, 2017
Looked to us like Watson was a little off, especially on throws to the left side— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) March 16, 2017
Deshaun Watson's throwing script is featuring his mobility. Was just high on an in-cut. Ball sailed on him.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 16, 2017
Counted eight missed throws for Deshaun Watson at #ClemsonProDay. Had some nice downfield throws too, but probably didn't raise stock today.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 16, 2017
"Very impressive."— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 16, 2017
"B-minus / C-plus-type workout."
Deshaun Watson draws mixed reviews for pro-day performance.https://t.co/Sr6xmjFslt pic.twitter.com/Tth5mhQdyY
Clemson's Pro Day is showing a highlight video of Tom Brady making throws followed by Deshaun Watson making the same type of throw.— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) March 16, 2017
#Bears coach John Fox, who could consider drafting Deshaun Watson, spending a lot of time alongside Dabo Swinney today. #ClemsonProDay— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 16, 2017
Dabo Swinney is Clemson’s head coach an din case you missed it, he said this about his former QB.
“He’s humble, the same guy every day, and always ready,” Swinney said of Watson. “He comes to every meeting prepared. That’s how you change things, you change the culture, through — for me it’s through discipline and recruiting, staffing and all that stuff. For them, it’s decision-making, it’s who you pick. And I’m just telling you: They pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan. I mean, I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, I’m just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot.”
What do you guys think, will Watson be there for the Bears at three?
If so should the Bears take him?