Jason Cole of B/R reports that there is “growing chatter” around the NFL right now about the Jaguars drafting Clemson QB Deshaun Watson at No. 4 overall.
- Cole adds that someone close to Watson implied that the Bears may also be interested in Watson at No. 3 overall, but he has a hard time envisioning this happening.
This could be smoke, as teams try to convince someone to trade up for a quarterback. However, the Jaguars did bring Watson in for a pre-draft visit and have yet to make a decision regarding Blake Bortles‘ fifth-year option.
Yesterday, Ian Rapoport mentioned that one team worth keeping an eye on in regards to Watson is the Houston Texans at No. 25 overall. According to Rapoport, Watson’s visit with the Texans was “overwhelmingly positive” for him and the team.
Watson is one of the harder prospects to pinpoint where he could end up, as reports have been all over the place in recent weeks.
There has been talk that the Bills “love” him and that the Cardinals could have interest at No. 13 overall. However, it’s just as possible that he could fall back in the second half of round one and entice a team like the Texans to take him.
Watson has visited the Texans, Cardinals, 49ers, Jaguars, Browns and Chiefs during the pre-draft process.
Watson, 21, led Clemson to a National Championship during his Junior season and was a finalist for the Heisman trophy.
During his college career at Clemson, Watson has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 9,201 yards to go along with 83 touchdowns and 29 interceptions over the course of 32 games. Watson has also contributed 1,744 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on the ground.
We have him being selected by the Chiefs in the First Round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft.