GREENVILLE, S.C. — With six days left until the 2017 NFL Draft begins, former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson does not care what guys like Mel Kiper, Jr., Todd McShay or any one of the mock drafts out there are say.
“All that stuff is irrelevant,” Watson said on Thursday night. “It is random people’s opinions. It is what they assume.”
Watson, who will be in Philadelphia, Pa., as one of 27 players that will be participated in the NFL Draft Experience, is said by the draft experts to fall somewhere between No. 2 and No. 25 in the first round of the draft.
“Going through this process you really learn how split the media and the real teams’ mock draft are. It really is. I don’t really pay attention to any of that stuff,” he said. “None of it is accurate and none of it is a hundred percent correct.”
Watson was in Greenville on Thursday to receive his Player of the Year Award from the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. It was the second straight year Watson won the award. Former Clemson and Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Levon Kirkland was also honored as he was inducted into the hall of fame.
The former Clemson star says all of his visits with NFL teams have gone well to this point and he does not have a favorite team he would like to play for. Watson will meet with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. They flew down to Clemson to interview him and work him out. Earlier this week, he spent two days in Houston talking and working out for the Texans.
The Bills have the No. 10 pick in next week’s draft, while the Texans are picking at No. 25.
“It’s just kind of wait and see which one selects me,” he said. “Whatever situation is best for the team. I just want to be able to come in compete and play football so whatever situation helps the team win will be great for me.
“I’m going to be anxious to be in a pro situation, and I know I am going to have to earn my rights and my respect from the team.”
Watson says whoever selects him will get a player who loves to compete, who loves football and loves to win.
“They’ll get a dynamic leader who relates to all the people in the locker room and all the players,” he said. “They will get a guy with a great attitude. A guy who will put in the work and keep fighting and they are getting a winner, a champion.”