Two-year starter who made five starts as a freshman, throwing for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 200 yards and an additional five scores. Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist who was named Walter Camp Player of the Year and Second Team All-American in 2016. Davey O’Brien and Manning Award winner as the nation’s best quarterback in both 2015 and 2016. First Team All-American in 2015. Third in ACC history in total offense with 12,094 yards. Threw for 10,163 yards and 90 career touchdowns. Academic All-ACC as both a sophomore and a junior.
Tremendous college quarterback with a lot of downside and risk for the next level. Incredibly patient, buys as much time as necessary and remains poised under the rush. Senses pressure and steps up to avoid it or sits in the pocket and takes a big hit in order to deliver the pass. Has a quick release and puts speed on short and intermediate throws while also putting touch on passes when necessary. Gets the deep ball in front of receivers and lets them run to the throw. Scans the field going through progressions, displays a sense of timing and does not have receivers waiting on the ball. Effectively sells ball fakes. High-character prospect who leads by example. Can pick up big yardage with his legs.
The further downfield or out to the flanks he throws, the more scattered his passes become. Wild when he tries to put extra speed on throws. Misses open wideouts and oftentimes has receivers working hard to make the easy reception. Does not always find opponents in the defensive backfield.
Watson is a high-quality prospect and a tremendous field leader with solid physical skills for the next level. He’s more of a short or intermediate passer who must work on his throwing fundamentals to help improve his accuracy. All over draft boards, Watson is a second-round talent in our opinion, one who will be overdrafted in the first frame.