Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, Deshaun Watson’s college coach, Dabo Swinney, declared Watson is “Michael Jordan” and “the best (QB in the draft) by a long shot.”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 24, 2017
Swinney certainly could be correct that Watson is the next Jordan, although that comparison may not speak so highly of Watson, because Jordan played shooting guard. He probably couldn’t have played quarterback in the NFL.
As far as Swinney’s second claim goes — Watson being the best quarterback in the draft “by a long shot” — I don’t think Watson even was the best QB in his conference last season.
Let’s compare Watson to two other QBs from the ACC — Mitch Trubisky and Brad Kaaya. Each played five of the same opponents in 2016 — Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Florida State.
Here are those QBs’ stats from those five games:
Watson: 70% completions, 7.8 yards per attempt, 12 TDs, 8 INTs, 95.7 NFL QB rating.
Kaaya: 62.6% completions, 8.16 yards per attempt, 9 TDs, 2 INTs, 100.7 NFL QB rating.
Trubisky: 65.2% completions, 8.16 yards per attempt, 12 TDs, 2 INTs, 107.4 NFL QB rating.
What do these numbers tell you? How good do you think Watson really is?