DeShaun Watson says he's motivated to prove that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
INDIANAPOLIS--If you look at five different NFL draft sites, you might get five different opinion on who the top quarterbacks in this year's NFL Draft are, but the consensus is that DeShaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Mitche Trubisky are at the top. Patrick Mahomes is also in some discussions.
Watson was very productive in college, playing in two national championships in the last two years, yet it has been said he isn't worthy of the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Watson said that only motivates him all the more.
"It's just going to make the documentary and the story in five, 10 years even better when they start talking good about us," Watson said Friday. "It's a motivating tip, a humbling tip. They can say what they want to say, but it's just opinions because we haven't set foot on the NFL field and they don't know what's going to happen."
Pro Football Weekly said his strong points are that he's "extremely athletic with quick feet, speed and body control. Has a strong arm and is accurate with good ball placement. Very good at throwing the ball on the run...capable of making all the throws an NFL QB has to make. Very competitive, a winner and good leader."
On the negative side, they said he "will force some throws and make some poor reads."
Watson threw 41 touchdowns with 17 interceptions this past season and finished his career with 90 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
Hue Jackson said his resume is impressive. Watson confirmed that he has a formal interview with the Browns on Friday night.
"I think all that's important," he said. "He's obviously had a great college career, won a national championship, competed at a high level. Very talented player."
Jackson said Watson has many of the attributes he's looking for.
"There's no substitute for arm talent," Jackson said. "There's no substitute, can a guy really process what they're trying to accomplish and then can it fit into the National Football League. I think we all know it's been tough trying to evaluate that position because it's so different in college than what it is in the National Football League, but those things won't change. I think there's a couple of key characteristics that you've got to have. Can you throw? Can you process? Can you lead your team? Those are three very fundamental things that I think will show itself from a college quarterback."
Watson seems to have some of the skill-sets that Jackson likes when you think that he hand picked Robert Griffin III to be the quarterback to run his offense in 2016. Jackson said it's important to weigh the system the player was in college.
"I care because you like to see some of the same skill-set that you're going to use but at the same time I think you have to kinda throw that out the window because there are so many of the teams that are playing the spread offense and you have to develop a way to evaluate that position with those guys doing something that's totally different than some of the NFL teams do."
Jackson has said that it's his mission to find the Browns quarterback.
"It’s a collaborative effort but I think our staff is truly wanting me to help them make the best decision for this organization and I said it before - that’s what I came here for but we’re doing this together," Jackson said Thursday. "Hopefully, they’ll use my expertise along these lines so we can make the best decision for our organization."
Jackson said the Browns are searching for the answer at quarterback. Will DeShaun Watson be the answer?