This year’s quarterback draft class is unusual. None of these prospects have established themselves as the clear No. 1 signal caller. Deshaun Watson thinks he’s the guy, though, and that teams should select him over Mitchell Trubisky.
“You’re gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it,” Watson said Tuesday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “That’s how I see it. I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he’s done and all the hype he’s getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that’s who they’re gonna roll with, so be it.”
Watson didn’t back off on his comments as the draft drew nearer.
QB Deshaun Watson respects all prospects but told me it'd be a "slap in the face" if Mitchell Trubisky went 1st gvn his championship resume.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 27, 2017
The biggest knock on Trubisky is his lack of starting experience. Trubisky started just 13 games at UNC, yet there are rumors that Trubisky could go to the Browns with the No. 1 pick, or to the 49ers at No. 2.
Watson, on the other hand, was tested against better defenses than any other quarterback in this draft and has a proven track record of winning. He led Clemson to two consecutive College Football Playoff National Championships, and the Tigers won it all against Alabama in his final college season.
But it’s hard to predict what teams will actually do on draft night. Watson believes he should be the first quarterback off the board, before Trubisky, but we’ll have to wait until Thursday to see if that happens.