A source within the Jets’ organization tells Jason Cole of B/R that the team is doing “extensive work” on Clemson QB Deshaun Watson this offseason.
The Jets hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 draft and despite using mid-round picks on Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg the past few years, there is concern within the team whether either player can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL, according to Cole.
Cole adds that there is still a similar debate about Watson and whether he’ll make in the NFL.
There’s no question that the Jets need to get their quarterback situation figured out in the coming months. However, it’s hard to put a lot of stock in early draft reports, especially before the Scouting Combine.
It’s worth mentioning that previous reports have said that the Jets were doing homework on UNC QB Mitch Trubisky and really like him as a prospect, so that’s also something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Watson is one of three quarterbacks being mentioned as a potential first-round pick including Trubisky and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.
Watson didn’t participate in this year’s Senior Bowl but there are still plenty of opportunities for him to improve his draft stock at the Scouting Combine and his Pro Day.
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.