After shocking Nick Saban and Alabama in the national title game, Clemson q.b. Deshaun Watson’s stock is soaring. And dude has plenty of fans. But none bigger than the guy he played for at Clemson, Dabo Swinney.
Swinney, who already has one of the best raps in the game, truly went next level when he talked about a disaster it would be for any team that passes on Watson in the upcoming NFL Draft:
Like passing on him wouldn’t even be like passing on the greatest q.b. ever; that wouldn’t have done this guy justice. He had to say passing on this guy would be like passing on the freakiest, most dominant player to ever play…any sport.
Then again, he does chase it with; I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I’m just an old funky college coach. Right and one who obviously, loves his player, a player who just beat Nick Saban to win you a national championship.
Plus, when it comes to talking about draft picks, people tend to get a little wild. And there’s a good chance that won’t even be the most ridiculous thing that’s said between now and the draft.
Thing is, draft analysts don’t necessarily share Dab’s view. As an example, Mel Kiper has Watson as his 36th ranked prospect overall. And going to Buffalo at number ten in his mock draft.
Not to mention, Watson’s probably thinking, eeeasssy with all the Jordan stuff coach. Part of the reason I’m skipping the senior bowl is so Cleveland won’t pick me first overall.
And you’re sitting here telling them if they don’t, it’ll be worse than passing on Jordan. Have you seen what the hell they do to their q.b.’s there, coach. Hell, going first overall isn’t all that. Especially if it means playing for the Browns. I’d rather not go first and make less, then go first, make more, get the hell beat out of me and wash out in three years or less.
So if it’s all the same, can you stop saying, I’m Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Jordan all rolled into one. The Browns might believe it!
And don’t get this twisted, I’m not saying that ending up with the Browns is the only reason he’s skipping the Senior Bowl. If I were Watson, I would too. One. I don’t want to play for the Browns. Two. Show up and play there for who? For what? There’s plenty of tape of on this guy. Tape on him shredding the Alabama defense two years in a row in the title game. Tape of him going 32-3 as a starter; with those of the losses coming when he shredded his ACL and when he came up just short in championship game against Bama.
And he’ll hit all the other things he needs to hit. The combine, the pro days and all his other workouts. So far, he’s handled it the right way; he just needs to dial Dabo back a bit, so he doesn’t talk him into an impossible situation.