Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware says his former quarterback is in a class of his own when he appeared on Good Morning Football on NFL Network on Wednesday.
Boulware was asked by one of the show’s host to give his case on why Deshaun Watson is better than North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, and why he should be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft on April 27.
“I don’t really think there is a case for it,” Boulware said. “You have seen what Deshaun has done over his career. I think the main thing with Deshaun, especially if you want to build a franchise and build an organization around a quarterback … Deshaun is an even better human being than he is a quarterback. I think that is what kind of separates him and why he has done the things he has done because he is a great guy.”
Boulware says Watson is a great guy off the field and doesn’t have any blemishes, which is what made him so respected in the Clemson locker room. Then of course, the linebacker pointed out what Watson did on the field as the defining factor.
Watson was 32-3 as a starter at Clemson, compared to Trubisky’s 8-5 record at UNC. Watson also won a national championship, led the Tigers to another championship game appearance, won two ACC titles and beat the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State and Louisville the last couple of years.
At the same time, Watson set all kinds of single-game, season and career records in the ACC and at Clemson for passing yards, total yards, total touchdowns, attempts, completions and passing touchdowns.
“You have seen what he has put on tape against Alabama, the Florida States and the Louisvilles of the world,” Boulware said. “I don’t even think there is a case. That is nothing against Trubisky. I have never even watched his tape. I don’t really know who he is as a person. I’m sure he is a great guy and a great quarterback. But Deshaun is another league of his own.”
Watson is also great in the clutch, leading Clemson to four fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories this past season, including a last second win over Alabama when he threw the game-winning touchdown pass with one second to go to win the national championship.
Boulware isn’t sure why there are negative things being said about Watson as a quarterback.
“I think this process is just a process that is made to pick apart every single negative (thing) when with Deshaun there is not a lot,” the former Clemson linebacker said. “There are very few. The few that he has, people just amplify that. I think Deshaun is in a league of his home.”