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Jonathan Allen: Deshaun Watson is the best player I’ve seen

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Former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has no doubts about former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Allen said on PFT Live that although he would prefer not to give credit to the player who beat his team in this year’s national championship game, he has never seen a better player than Watson.

“Unfortunately, I hate to say it, but Deshaun Watson is probably the most mentally tough player I’ve ever played against. There’s no way around it. He’s by far the best player I’ve ever played,” Allen said. “As much as I hate to say it, he’s the real deal. When I hear reporters say he’s a mid- or late-round guy, it blows my mind. I see him as a Top 5 pick. That’s just my personal opinion about it. He’s the real deal.”

Allen, who is viewed by many as the No. 2 overall prospect in the draft behind Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett, said many teams are showing interest but he’s unsure which one will pick him.

“A lot of teams have shown interest but you really never know,” Allen said. “The Panthers came in about two weekends ago, I visited the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens, I leave tomorrow to go to Jacksonville, and from there I have the Chargers and the Titans.”

Allen will be in demand and will probably go higher than Watson, the quarterback he faced in two national championship games.

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48 Responses to “Jonathan Allen: Deshaun Watson is the best player I’ve seen”
  1. v2787 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:41 AM

    I agree with Allen. Teams that pass up Deshaun Watson will live to regret it.

  2. seanskol says: Apr 4, 2017 8:45 AM

    Watson is a GUARANTEED bust……

  3. jag1959 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:48 AM

    I tip my cap to Allen for showing respect to a quality opponent. There’s a lot of posters here that could learn something from him.

  4. DawgPound83 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:55 AM

    Jonathan Allen doesn’t get out much.

  5. ricko1112 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:56 AM

    Watson is an interception machine. Some team will believe the hype and set their franchise back 5 years by taking him to be their #1 guy.

    I hope it’s the NJJs. Sanchize, Geno, Watson. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving organization.

  6. veloman75 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:57 AM

    Watson is way better than EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder (I’m not hating on Florida St) who were 1st round draft picks. It takes just one team liking him to be a 1st round pick and he will probably go in the top 20 but not top 10.

  7. bchap17 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:59 AM

    Deshaun has “it”!

    He is far and away the best QB in this draft.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Apr 4, 2017 9:01 AM

    Has bust written all over him.

  9. pastabelly says: Apr 4, 2017 9:02 AM

    The college game is different than the pro game. Some of the quarterback stuff (Tebow, Tee Martin, and so many others) doesn’t translate. After watching that debacle last night, the same is probably true for college basketball as well.

  10. doctorpancake says: Apr 4, 2017 9:16 AM

    Watson is better than Trubisky, that much is apparent

  11. lewsblues says: Apr 4, 2017 9:20 AM

    some of the shots he took in the Championship game were so brutal, you figured he’d be done … but what does he do? Shakes it off and returns to the huddle with the same look of calm demeanor he always shows.

    Those type of hits translate at all levels .. for the rest of his game, we’ll see …. but he has always projected the face of the consummate leader ….

  12. gtrav says: Apr 4, 2017 9:26 AM

    he sure does have a lot of hype to live up to…

  13. denverdave3 says: Apr 4, 2017 9:32 AM

    If you build a guy up and then get drafted before him, you can pound your chest.

  14. myspaceyourface says: Apr 4, 2017 9:43 AM

    Neither have played against NFL players yet. He may be the best he’s seen but soon he will see the best at every position he’s ever seen.

  15. QB Film Room says: Apr 4, 2017 9:47 AM

    He might be but he will be going against the Best Players in the world at NFL. He is not accurate enough

  16. elyasm says: Apr 4, 2017 10:02 AM

    He might be one of the best players in the college game, but the skills that allow you to dominate in college do not always translate into the NFL. I think it’s far to early to declare him a bust (obviously) but his accuracy and abilities as a pocket passer would need to improve quite a bit to justify burning a top five pick on him.

  17. christopher302 says: Apr 4, 2017 10:04 AM

    Watson is the real deal, more than tested and ready

  18. skoobyfl says: Apr 4, 2017 10:12 AM

    Buffalo is on line 1,2,3’and 4.

  19. 6ball says: Apr 4, 2017 10:27 AM

    .
    Watson’s career trajectory will most likely depend on which team drafts him. Does he get picked by a desperate club who will throw him to the wolves? Or, is he chosen by a team that can give him a redshirt year to marry up his skill set with the pro game?
    .

  20. gbrim20 says: Apr 4, 2017 10:29 AM

    Watson just has “it.”

    And by it, I mean poor downfield accuracy, below average arm strength, and below average decision making.

  21. horsepedlr says: Apr 4, 2017 10:31 AM

    i remember all the hype for rgme.

  22. painsyndicate says: Apr 4, 2017 10:41 AM

    RGIII part two. Some people never learn.

  23. reddzen says: Apr 4, 2017 11:04 AM

    painsyndicate says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:41 AM
    RGIII part two. Some people never learn.

    RG3 was ROY. Learn facts

  24. packerfan1000 says: Apr 4, 2017 11:14 AM

    Best player I’ve seen, or best player I’ve played?

    Because the article title says one thing, and the player quoted says the other. And there’s a big difference.

    He’s seen Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan. But he’s never played against them. He’s only played against college talent. So his statement is probably honest and true.

  25. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 4, 2017 11:17 AM

    Mmmmmmm, I dunno about this.

  26. nsawins says: Apr 4, 2017 11:26 AM

    DeBust Watson. Book it.

  27. painsyndicate says: Apr 4, 2017 11:39 AM

    reddzen says:

    RG3 was ROY. Learn facts

    —–
    RGiii cost three first round picks and a second. His ROY stats have since been bested by Dak Prescott. He lost the playoff game that year. Mike Shanahan had to cobble together the strangest, backyard NFL offensive system of all time to mask what this guy couldn’t do well which is considerable.

    I don’t think the juice was remotely worth the squeeze.

  28. paulmauddib says: Apr 4, 2017 11:46 AM

    Reddzen, RG3 should also just be entering his prime. He is out of the league. Learn prospective.

  29. paulmauddib says: Apr 4, 2017 11:48 AM

    Perspective

  30. grumpysal says: Apr 4, 2017 11:51 AM

    reddzen says:
    Apr 4, 2017 11:04 AM
    painsyndicate says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:41 AM
    RGIII part two. Some people never learn.

    RG3 was ROY. Learn facts

    He also got his knew blown out trying to run in the NFL like he did in college, which doesn’t work.

  31. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 4, 2017 12:11 PM

    My question is..why is this article on Carson City’s post? Another dumb move by the Spanos “Mob.” First, rookie Lynn says it’s time to look to draft Rivers replacement. Telesco comments it’s possible they may draft a QB. That may be fine, but it’s stupid to start commenting on it. Rivers is trying to put a positive face on this disastrous re-location. Frankly, he hates it! And many other team members are perplexed. Despite the Spanos – directed hype Carson has NO home games for the next 2 to 3 years. Rivers has 3 to 5 good years left…if Spanos gives him protection. Being hit 11 times and sacked 5 times in one game last year is pathetic! Sadly, they couldn’t beat the Browns…because the Chargers were down and wanted the season to be over. Wait till you see Carson City in Carson City.

  32. kneedragr says: Apr 4, 2017 12:15 PM

    He will get an opportunity, we shall see. There is no way to predict QB success at NFL level, we can all sit here and say one side or the other, it wont matter.

  33. weepingjebus says: Apr 4, 2017 12:28 PM

    “Dear Browns, you should pick this other guy.”

  34. collectordude says: Apr 4, 2017 1:04 PM

    College success rarely translates to NFL success.

  35. eaglesw00t says: Apr 4, 2017 1:04 PM

    Im a Clemson fan, so it hurts me to say this, but hes a bust waiting to happen. Not an NFL QB.

  36. ricko1112 says: Apr 4, 2017 1:21 PM

    RG3 was ROY. Learn facts
    _________________

    So he had 1 good year, then teams figured him out. He just got cut by the BROWNS!

    That’s the epitome of a bust!

  37. Akula says: Apr 4, 2017 1:42 PM

    Then I would say you have to get out more and watch a little more football.

  38. nicksabansanahole says: Apr 4, 2017 1:45 PM

    Watson Has all of the tools and mindset to become the face of franchise. Those of you who are screaming bust must have only been watching football for a few days. Guy has IT. He will show. And you guys will be wishing your team had drafted him.

  39. ibillwt says: Apr 4, 2017 1:58 PM

    You never know if they can pick up the pro game fast enough to last, but Watson sure enough doesn’t ever choke in the biggest moments.

    And really it’s that intangible guts factor that usually separates the few Brady, Brees, Wilson, Rogers from the P Manning, Cam Newton gagger types.

    If Watson has the accuracy I think he’s a pro winner.

  40. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 4, 2017 2:02 PM

    seanskol says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:45 AM
    Watson is a GUARANTEED bust……
    ====================================
    Do you guarantee all of your opinions?

  41. mrintangibles says: Apr 4, 2017 2:16 PM

    I’d take Blaine Gabbert over DeInterception Watson

  42. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2017 3:05 PM

    Can he throw 20 yard strikes into tight windows and can he process fast enough to read NFL defenses. Those are often the other intangibles outside of mental toughness that matter.

  43. jay26mc says: Apr 4, 2017 3:05 PM

    Watson will shine in the NFL if a team gives him at least a year to learn the nuances of competing at a pro capacity. The kid lives and breathes football and has incredible heart. He shredded Alabama’s top defense 2 years in a row and took a hell of a beating while doing it.

  44. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2017 3:07 PM

    ibillwt says:
    Apr 4, 2017 1:58 PM
    You never know if they can pick up the pro game fast enough to last, but Watson sure enough doesn’t ever choke in the biggest moments.

    ————-

    Vince Young didn’t choke in big moments in college either.

  45. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2017 3:09 PM

    veloman75 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:57 AM
    Watson is way better than EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder (I’m not hating on Florida St) who were 1st round draft picks. It takes just one team liking him to be a 1st round pick and he will probably go in the top 20 but not top 10.

    ——————

    EJ Manual and Christian Ponder? Why those two? They can’t even be legit back ups in the NFL.

  46. tonebones says: Apr 4, 2017 3:27 PM

    If Jonathan Allen stays healthy, he should retire with well over $100 million in the bank. That means he’ll never have to take a job as an NFL scout to support his family. That’s a good thing, because he doesn’t appear to have a future as a scout.

  47. Underdawgs says: Apr 4, 2017 3:34 PM

    Common sense says we just don’t know how he’ll translate. I do believe he is a great football player and one of the best we’ve seen on the college level.

    But if you watch his games, including the National Championship, his offense was made up of a combination of read option runs, slants, fades and back shoulder throws. He ran that offense beautifully.

    The question is whether he can actually play the position of qb in the NFL which is an entirely different game than what he’s been playing.

    Maybe he can… but he hasn’t done it yet so clearly he has bust potential. And same can be said for a most of the guys coming out.

  48. seanskol says: Apr 4, 2017 4:08 PM

    bigbenisabigbaby says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:02 PM

    seanskol says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:45 AM
    Watson is a GUARANTEED bust……
    ====================================
    Do you guarantee all of your opinions?

    ===================================
    Only when they’re facts, as in this case…..

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