Deshaun Watson won’t go to Senior Bowl

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The Browns coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama to work with the South team, something that will give them extended time with prospects headed into the draft this year.

They won’t get to spend any of that extended time with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, however. Watson was invited to participate in the event despite leaving school with eligibility remaining because he graduated in December, but his agent and Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage both confirmed on Wednesday that Watson will not take part in the event.

Watson led Clemson to the national title this year and is generally viewed as one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft along with Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer, neither of whom will be at the Senior Bowl as they are early entrants who have yet to graduate.

Where that places him in the overall draft order isn’t as clear at the moment, which will make Watson’s meetings and/or workouts with individual teams significant as the draft draws closer.

25 responses to “Deshaun Watson won’t go to Senior Bowl

  1. Blowing off the Browns coaching staff due to a fear of injury? … Or just outright blowing off the Browns coaching staff because they’re the Browns? Either way … that’s a bold move.

  2. Watson needs to pull an Eli Manning and stay out of Cleveland. It would be horrible to ruin that kind of talent in Cleveland.

  3. Russel Wilson went to the Sr. Bowl. He was very impressive.

    I’d rather have the 53 most ultra competitive players over the 53 guys that are afraid to damage their current draft stock.

  4. When your last performance is winning the National Championship on a last minute drive, why risk going to the Senior Bowl and playing with guys you have no history or chemistry with?

  5. That’s where Carson Wentz was really discovered and shot up the draft boards. Watson had a great career but he was also on the best TEAM. Not saying it’s necessarily true for Watson, but QBs with great success in college are often flawed by being in a great system, being surrounded by NFL talent especially on the offensive line, having wide open receivers, or dominant defenses. Look at the QBs in college who were supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread due to their TEAM’s success, especially Heisman QBs: Weinke, Crouch, Jason White, Leinart, Troy Smith, RG3, Manziel, Tebow, Sanchez, AJ McCarron etc.

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    factschecker says:
    Jan 18, 2017 11:20 AM
    Russel Wilson went to the Sr. Bowl. He was very impressive.

    I’d rather have the 53 most ultra competitive players over the 53 guys that are afraid to damage their current draft stock.
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    And Russel went in round 3…..

  7. Russell Wilson also didn’t play in back to back NC games. With Watsons body of work the senior bowl doesn’t offer much in terms of advancing his stock. At this point it makes no sense for him to play for free. With scouting as advanced as it is teams aren’t learning about players because of the senior bowl.

  8. Smart move in my opinion. 2 time Heisman finalist, back to back National Championship games winning the last one. I don’t see where a solid senior bowl does anything to show anyone what they shouldn’t already know.

  9. All the news out of Cleveland is that they’re enamored with Mitch Trubisky. Granted you have to take off season noise with a grain of salt, but it doesn’t make a ton of sense to risk injury to show yourself off to a coaching staff that you don’t particularly want to play for.

    If Watson sticks to private workouts and interacts with coaching staffs of teams that he’s legitimately interested in playing for, he can achieve the same goal with less risk.

  10. He knew it would only hurt his draft stock after coaches got a good look at him. He will not make a good pro as he does not have the accuracy.

  11. granadafan says:
    Jan 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    That’s where Carson Wentz was really discovered and shot up the draft boards. Watson had a great career but he was also on the best TEAM. Not saying it’s necessarily true for Watson, but QBs with great success in college are often flawed by being in a great system, being surrounded by NFL talent especially on the offensive line, having wide open receivers, or dominant defenses. Look at the QBs in college who were supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread due to their TEAM’s success, especially Heisman QBs: Weinke, Crouch, Jason White, Leinart, Troy Smith, RG3, Manziel, Tebow, Sanchez, AJ McCarron etc.
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    Watson is a well known player who has been good for a few years. no one knew who Carson Wentz was before the Senior Bowl.

  12. Smells a bit fishy, like he’s sending a subtle message that he doesn’t want to play in Cleveland. If I’m the Browns, that’s fine. I take Myles Garrett # 1, try to get another playmaker at # 12, use free agency money on offensive lineman, and stick with Bob Griffin for another year.

  13. And Russel went in round 3…..
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    Exactly. And I’d still rather have him than Luck or RGIII.

    That’s exactly my point. I’d rather have the most competitive players over the guy looking out for his best possible first pay check. It’s not like ultra competitors don’t like money, but they have a built in illness that makes them incapable of sitting on the sidelines and watching. They have to compete. And those are the guys I’d rather build my team with.
    Roughly a 1/3 of the first round flames out EVERY YEAR without ever accomplishing anything. Or their accomplishments are similar to a mid to late round prospect. If you chose to rest on your past accomplishments, I would have to hold that against you.

  14. He’ll be a high draft pick no matter what.

    The time is coming when any player who thinks they’ll be drafted refuses to play in bowl games. They will be more concerned with their own futures than making the bitter old men of the NCAA more money than they’ve already made for them.

  15. The senior bowl acclimates players to NFL lingo, play calls, reads, checks, etc. He would have a lot to gain or lose by showing off his football IQ or lack of it. If he doesn’t go, he wouldn’t be exposed (if it were a problem). If I were a coach, I’d want to know if the only defense he can properly assess is cover two playing against a smash concept…

  16. Heisman QBs: Weinke, Crouch, Jason White, Leinart, Troy Smith, RG3, Manziel, Tebow, Sanchez, AJ McCarron etc.

    Difference in list is that for the MOST part the success of the team was largely DUE to Tebow in College.

    He just was not cut out to be an NFL passer.

    So, your argument is flawed as it pertains to him. He wasn’t successful in college solely “because of the team.”

    If that is what you think.. you didn’t watch him in college.

  17. Not sure what his thinking is, is he afraid to go and do well enough the Browns draft him or not go and slip in the draft to probably a better team? It’s probably not all about the benjamins with Deshaun but the further he drops the less money he’ll get. He’ll be a franchise qb wherever he ends up.

  18. philyeagles5 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:24 PM
    granadafan says:
    Jan 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    That’s where Carson Wentz was really discovered and shot up the draft boards. Watson had a great career but he was also on the best TEAM. Not saying it’s necessarily true for Watson, but QBs with great success in college are often flawed by being in a great system, being surrounded by NFL talent especially on the offensive line, having wide open receivers, or dominant defenses. Look at the QBs in college who were supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread due to their TEAM’s success, especially Heisman QBs: Weinke, Crouch, Jason White, Leinart, Troy Smith, RG3, Manziel, Tebow, Sanchez, AJ McCarron etc.
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    Watson is a well known player who has been good for a few years. no one knew who Carson Wentz was before the Senior Bowl.

    Not true. I knew who Carson Wentz was. Probably anyone who follows college football knows who he was. They did however question if he’d be able to compete against FBS talent. The Senior Bowl removed those doubts.

  19. I think Watson has benefitted from that system and being on a great team. At the Senior Bowl he’d have a limited amount of time to learn a new system. It’s a big risk for him and there’s probably little upside to it. If he played poorly in the Senior Bowl they would say he’s a system QB and he’d drop like a stone.

  20. Why is DeShone Kizer considered a top of the draft QB prospect? I get that he has most of the tangibles (size, arm strength, etc.) but he came up small in all of ND’s big games this year (and many of the lesser games as well).

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