There’s a long way to go before the 2017 NFL Draft, but as of now, at least some draft experts believe that North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky will be the No. 1 overall pick, while Clemson’s Deshaun Watson will go somewhere in the top 10.
Watson has been a Heisman finalist and played for a national championship, but is it possible that Trubisky will be a better NFL quarterback? Is it possible that Trubisky will be taken higher in the draft?
“I think the way that Deshan has thrown the ball this year, he’s left the door open to that,” ACC Network analyst Roddy Jones said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Do I think Mitch Trubisky will be a better NFL quarterback? When you look at the prototype, I guess Mitch is a little more prototype than Deshaun. He’s a thicker guy, he’s a little bit taller, and this year at least he threw a better deep ball than Deshaun did. But Deshaun’s got the arm to make all the throws. Throughout his career, he’s been incredibly accurate, particularly in those intermediate throws. He’s been incredibly poised in the pocket, has taken some shots, has the ability to move – which Trubisky does as well. So I think both will be fantastic pros.”
Trubisky, 6-3, has completed 68.9 percent of this passes for 3,468 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 270 yards and five scores. Watson, meanwhile, has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,626 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and rushed for 444 yards and four scores.
Both are incredibly talented. There is a chance, however, that one will breathe a sigh of relief if the other is taken first overall.
“I’m not sure if I’m either one of them that I want to be the first player taken – because that means you’re going to Cleveland,” Jones said. ‘But both of them will have a chance to be really good pros if they get in the right system. I think Deshaun Watson has a chance to be the Marcus Mariota type, where Mitch Trubisky is maybe a smaller sort of Ben Roethlisberger type payer – strong-armed, big guy, very mobile. So I’m anxious to see how both of them do at the next level.”