The first round of the 2017 NFL draft began on Thursday night from Philadelphia. The names NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called early on are most likely ones you recognized from making big plays at the collegiate level. But let’s take a look at where these guys were before college, when they were just high school recruits.
All ratings are via the 247Sports Composite.
The most interesting name is one not in the Power 5 top five: Watson, who ended up in the 81st percentile, 10th among P5 dual-threats.
Opponent adjustments would have been kind to Watson (Clemson did play eight teams in the S&P+ top 25, after all). I’m assuming he’d have been in the top five had that been taken into account. (And as soon as I figure out a decent way to do that, I will.)
But if you’re trying to poke holes in Watson’s résumé — and we know draft scouts love to do that — you could note that Watson was drastically below-average in a few categories.
Whereas Trubisky was at the 73rd percentile or higher in Wholesale Cheap Jerseys four of six categories and wasn’t below the 50th in any, Watson was 45th percentile in yards per completion, 49th in interception rate, 41st in opportunity rate, and 32nd in highlight yardage. He was really good at scrambling for necessary third-down yardage, but … maybe that’s a thing? Maybe he’s not a great enough runner to scramble the same way in the pros?