Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd feels the guy who replaced him at Clemson is in great position to be chosen in the first-round of the NFL Draft next month.
Boyd told The Clemson Insider recently he thought Deshaun Watson performed outstandingly at Clemson’s Pro Day a few weeks ago and showed NFL scouts, coaches and general managers on hand what they came to Clemson to see.
“I thought that he looked smooth,” Boyd said. “I think the biggest question mark they had about him coming into (pro) day was his deep balls. Obviously, he answered that with flying colors. He threw some very good balls out there … deep digs on the money. Deep balls on the money and no one had to adjust or turn their body.”
Boyd, who experienced everything Watson is going through now as he gets set for the NFL Draft, says scouts want to see if he could make the transition from being a shotgun center to going under center like all NFL teams require their quarterbacks to do.
Boyd, who is Clemson’s all-time leading passer and is responsible for more touchdowns than any player in the history of the ACC, said Watson’s quarterbacks coach, Jordan Palmer, did a great job showing off Watson’s skills and easing the minds of a lot of the scouts.
“To be truthful, that is a transition you have to make and I think that it is good that Jordan was able to do that for him,” Boyd said. “He made him relax and kept him calm. I don’t think Deshaun has played under center since middle school because that is just the way the game works these days. They still do it in the NFL, though, so you have to show that you are well equipped for it, and I think he did.”
Palmer put Watson in a lot of pressure situations and had him go through his reads to show he could make those throws. He also showed off that Watson could turn his back to the defense and still make throws.
“You are throwing in unnatural ways, but in the NFL you cannot always set up perfectly,” Boyd said. “I thought he threw some really good balls in that arena as well. Obviously, he missed a couple. But what he can’t show out here is his escape ability, that elusiveness that we obviously know he has.”
Currently Watson is considered to be the top quarterback heading into the draft, which will be April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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