Dabo Swinney: If Browns pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there’s no doubt that his star quarterback should be the first overall pick in the draft.

In fact, Swinney says that if the Browns don’t use the No. 1 pick on Deshaun Watson, they’re making a historic mistake that will haunt the franchise for years.

“He’s humble, the same guy every day, and always ready,” Swinney said of Watson. “He comes to every meeting prepared. That’s how you change things, you change the culture, through — for me it’s through discipline and recruiting, staffing and all that stuff. For them, it’s decision-making, it’s who you pick. And I’m just telling you: They pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan. I mean, I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, I’m just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot.”

Two teams did pass on Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft: The Houston Rockets took Akeem Olajuwon first overall, and he became a Hall of Famer who led the Rockets to NBA titles in the two years when Jordan left the Chicago Bulls. But the Portland Trail Blazers selected Sam Bowie second overall before the Bulls took Jordan third, and the Bowie selection is often remembered as one of the worst picks in draft history.

If the Browns choose Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett, the odds-on favorite to be the first overall pick, they’ll be hoping he’s more an Olajuwon than a Bowie. But Swinney says they should just take Watson, and get football’s Michael Jordan.

89 responses to “Dabo Swinney: If Browns pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan

  1. Deshaun Watson is not on the same planet as Michael Jordan. He is not electrifying as Michael were back in his days and this is from two different sports. In my opinion, Watson is not a first round pick at all. Third round is more like it… Just my opinion.

  2. Dabo stay out of it. Obviously you aren’t a personnel guy. You may be a good college coach, but if you think Watson is a legit #1 NFL pick compared to someone like Luck or Mariota you are way off.

    The guy is a great athlete, but Watson does not have the arm or accuracy to be considered a number one pick

  3. The Jordan analogy works in terms of draft mistakes but the NFL isn’t the NBA. If you are looking for a ‘culture change’ in the NFL that usually starts on D. QB’s are for the most part their own dog and not pack leaders, that’s particularly true of rookie QB’s. Even all time greats like Montana and Brady grew into their leadership roles.

  4. .
    Translation : Michael Jordan was the best player of his era. Therefore, Watson is the same. He’s better than Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Ryan, Rogers etc.
    .

  5. Not likely….

    He’ll get drafted early but #1 doesn’t solve Cleveland’s problems. They need more TEAM before they get a QB to get to the playoffs.

  6. Deshaun Watson made a lot of money for Dabo Swinney. Dabo is another no name college coach without Watson. This is Dabo’s way of returning the favor.

  7. johnnybaggadonuts says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:19 PM

    Dabo needs to lay off the dab.

    This poor kid Watson is gonna go the way of Geno Smith.
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    A busted jaw?

  8. I get that Dabo loves his guy and wants to hype him up, but he needs to tone it down with the Michael Jordan stuff. I’m not even convinced he can be Scottie Pippen yet.

  9. I guess Dabo didn’t get the memo from the talking heads of the NFL media that the Jordan of football was already there and sitting at home Feb. 5th to watch the Falcons and Pats play S.B. LI…..

  10. ramfanmatt says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:13 PM
    It’s in Dabo’s best interest to have his guy picked first. Makes recruiting even easier for him.

    Bingo. Dabo is biased, not just by his relationship with Watson, but by personal gain as well. Combine that with the fact that he’s never coached or scouted in the NFL, and his opinion is utterly useless.

  11. Ridiculous. I know that he helped you win a championship coach, but you’re boy isn’t even the consensus top QB. Stick to what you’re good at, coaching, and leave the comparisons to the pundits.

  12. It seems like every time a NFL player is compared to Michael Jordan coming out of college they end up being a bust. I wouldn’t want that moniker if I were Watson. Off the top of my head …

    Reggie Bush
    RGIII

    I’m sure they will be saying that about Lamar Jackson when he comes out too. Speaking of Jackson I would just keep sucking and wait for Jackson to come out. I would take him over Watson every day of the week.

  13. Dabo’s job is to recruit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He’s done a great job of it, and if any of his player’s go #1, that’s a boom for recruiting. However, the tape doesn’t usually lie, or does it? I’m looking at Clemson tape and seeing a whole lot of studs on defense. That awesome Ohio State team couldn’t score. What number does Watson wear when he’s playing defense? Nice try Dabo. Watson will be out of the league in five years. He’s not even a backup. That doesn’t mean Cleveland won’t take him #1.

  14. Wait a second, if my team drafts Watson, they get MJ in a package deal? I’m freaking in man. I bet Jordan would make a heck of a receiver. Or we could pack some pounds on him and make him a move tight end.

  15. He does know he could have just said, “I think Deshaun will be a great NFL QB” without the likes of comparing him to Michael Jordan, right?

    If anything, it’s more pressure on Watson.

  16. Drafting a true franchise QB is very, very tough business. Is he a Leaf or a Manning?

    Three of the arguably GOAT QB’s:

    Unitas – 9th round (and the Steelers cut him!!!!!)

    Brady – 6th round

    Montana – late 3rd round

    Drafting a QB is… well, it’s like a box of chocolates – you know the rest.

  17. don’t do it Browns!!!! everyone know’s your history with QB’s. look in round 2-3 in draft
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    Yeah because trading down in the first round and looking for QBs later in the draft has worked out so well, huh?

    Like passing on Wentz and taking an undersized backup caliber mid round guy instead, genius, right?

    Or even passing on Tannehill and instead trading up a spot for Richardson, then coming back later in the round for Weeden. That worked out well, didn’t it? (not that Tannehill is awesome, but he can at least hold a starting job)

    Colt McCoy in the 3rd round really got them far, didn’t he?

    Or even with receivers, trading down from the Julio Jones pick and trying to come back in round 2 for Greg Little. Awesome! Right?

    So exactly what mid round success have they had which they should be channeling this year? If anything, they’re the mess they are right now because for years they’ve been afraid to pull the trigger high in the draft and keep trading down to stockpile mid round nobodies while other teams pick the elite talent prospects.

  18. I like Watson, and his connection to one of my favorite RBs ever (Warrick Dunn) makes him even more favorable.

    He’s an athletic guy, good height (6’3″), seems to be a great person in-huddle and off the field. But his interception rate scares me, his accuracy is a concern, and if he tries to scramble in the NFL like he did at Clemson, his 209 pound frame won’t last long.

    IMHO, none of the QBs this year are top-10. Defense *should* dominate the top 15, but we all know how desperate GMs/coaches get for a franchise QB.

  19. I always find this sort of discussion idiotic.

    It’s not just who you draft, it’s the system you put the player in, how you develop them and the talent you place around them.

    To date, the Browns have been terrible at every part of this.

  20. bballplaya88 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:09 PM
    Deshaun Watson is not on the same planet as Michael Jordan. He is not electrifying as Michael were back in his days and this is from two different sports. In my opinion, Watson is not a first round pick at all. Third round is more like it… Just my opinion.

    CLEARLY you never was Jordan in college. Good – really good – but no indication that he would be in the discussion for GOAT. Not in a million years.

  21. It’s not basketball with 5 players. The problem is QB it’s 54 other guys. If you have a solid team you can then the QB is the cherry on top.

  22. Well, if anyone in the NFL would use a first-round pick on a basketball player, the Browns would…
    Seriously, the guy’s a good player and probably, after some NFL coaching, a solid starting quarterback. Does that make him #1 overall? Might depend on whether he has the intangibles and the self-assurance to be the face of a franchise trying to fight its way up from the bottom.

  23. No doubt Watson is a tremendous athlete but I saw him throw 17 INT’s against college teams this last season and that won’t cut it in the pros. If he doesn’t get proper coaching,decent talent around him or study game films like never before he will flame out in a few years IMO.

  24. Jan 24, 2017 5:23 PM
    johnnybaggadonuts says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:19 PM

    Dabo needs to lay off the dab.

    This poor kid Watson is gonna go the way of Geno Smith.
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    A busted jaw? -mmack66

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    LOL. Nah. Just too much pressure right out of the gate. I think Watson has some great raw skills, but needs to be developed. Toss him in the fire immediately, and it could be terrible. Almost as bad as a broken jaw.

  25. Dabo Swinney should just be thanking Watson for making him relevant. I wish Watson well in the pros and look forward to Clemson’s speedy return to mediocrity.

  26. For 30 years we have been hearing about the next Michael Jordan in one sport or another. And yet here we are still referencing Michael Jordan. People keep using that term, to quote the inestimable Inigo Montoya “I do not think it means what you think it means”

  27. Deshaun Watson might be the most talked about player leading up to the draft. If he is, he would join a group that includes Tim Tebow, Manti Te’o, Michael Sam, and Johnny Manziel. Those are probably the four most talked about players over the last few years, but they’ve been missing in action ever since they got drafted. I’m not blaming the media. We’re the consumers.

  28. i didn’t realize michael jordon was a good QB . . . or why do they care if Watson can play basketball . . . or, if he is michael jordon, why is he lying and saying his name is deshaun watson?

  29. I agree this kid has tremendous upside. What I worry about is the Browns’ ability to develop him.

    Let’s be real. Not all of their first round picks are true busts. I think he’d be good there. And I think they can win with him.

  30. The Trailblazers screwed up but at least they had future hall of famer Clyde Drexler as their top scorer/shooting guard already. The Browns can’t afford to miss out on a potential franchise qb. However the jury is still out on Watson. Is he Vince Young without the baggage. It looks like it. If Watson gets drafted first, Dabo needs a cut of DeShaun’s salary because the experts have Trubisky and Kizer ahead of him on their draft boards. I think both those guys are going to be busts in The NFL. Obviously the experts don’t feel that way.

  31. I think Watson is a legit first round pick. But Dabo if you seriously cared about Watson, you would never hope he goes to the Browns. Nothing against the Browns, they just are quarter back killers. Yea maybe they are just really good at picking bust quarterbacks. If I was Watson I would pull a Elway or Eli Manning, if the browns selected me.

  32. Hey, Florio, when are you gonna have PFT stop stirring this particular pot?

    How about the Brown establish a competent offense with a solid line and a reasonably good defense before saddling up another high round QB pick with questionable NFL-level skills?

  33. Watson is one hell of an athlete, and he seems like he’s a good person. I don’t know where he’ll be drafted, but I think he’s got a shot at being a really good pro. Time will tell, I suppose.

  34. Call me crazy but the more I hear about this kid, the more it reminds me of Matt Ryan in his draft year. Questions about his build, whether or not he can make all the throws an NFL QB needs to make, and all the interceptions he threw in college. I don’t think the Falcons mind what Matt turned out to be at all.

  35. halfcentaur says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:37 PM
    don’t do it Browns!!!! everyone know’s your history with QB’s. look in round 2-3 in draft
    ——————–
    Yeah because trading down in the first round and looking for QBs later in the draft has worked out so well, huh?

    Like passing on Wentz and taking an undersized backup caliber mid round guy instead, genius, right?

    Or even passing on Tannehill and instead trading up a spot for Richardson, then coming back later in the round for Weeden. That worked out well, didn’t it? (not that Tannehill is awesome, but he can at least hold a starting job)

    Colt McCoy in the 3rd round really got them far, didn’t he?

    Or even with receivers, trading down from the Julio Jones pick and trying to come back in round 2 for Greg Little. Awesome! Right?

    So exactly what mid round success have they had which they should be channeling this year? If anything, they’re the mess they are right now because for years they’ve been afraid to pull the trigger high in the draft and keep trading down to stockpile mid round nobodies while other teams pick the elite talent prospects.

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    Thats also what the Patriots do, so there is evidence the tactic does work.

  36. First you make him play for you without payment, then you try and talk the Browns into drafting him? Dabo must really hate his players.

  37. THANK YOU DABO. AND oF COURSE THE CLOWNS WILL SCREW IT UP.

    SASHI BROWN THINKS HES A GENIUS. ALL THE BROWNS DOPES WERE PATTING THEMSELVES ON THE BACK FOR GOING 1-15. THEY ARE ALWAYS THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM IN THEIR MINDS

  38. thegreatgabbert says:
    Jan 24, 2017 6:54 PM
    Inevitably, one day, there will be another kid named Sam Bowie in a draft. Poor guy.
    ________________________________
    Bowie never could get healthy, which was also his story at Kentucky but he did manage a ten year career. Don’t forget that several years before Portland spent the second pick on Sam, they wasted the number one overall on Larue Martin. The only thing that kept Martin from being the epitome of the “tall white stiff” was that Larue wasn’t white. Out of the league after four years.

  39. Plus he is trying to get him at number 1 to help Clemson recruit in the future…he can make the claim “come to Clemson and I will make you a number one overall pick”.

  40. So they pick up Watson and with NO OFFENSIVE LINE he gets injured like Tim Couch or every qb that played for the Browns this year.

    No, dumb idea. Pass on Watson. Build an offensive line!

  41. Brady RD 6
    Brees RD 2
    Wilson RD 3
    Cousins RD 4
    Dak RD 4
    Carr RD 2

    Round 1 – Gabbert, Leaf, Locker, Ponder,Manziel, Quinn, Goff, etc…

    Just proves the entire NFL doesn’t know how to evaluate QBs

  42. A tad over the top? Yeah! But I do like how he sticks by his guy; who delivered huge for him 2 years in a row. If the Browns don’t take him at #1; he won’t be there in the 2nd round for them. He’ll be long gone to one of the following: Jets, Bears, Saints, Chargers, Cardinals, 49ers, Bills (?).

  43. Passing on Michael Jordan?
    That would be a terrible blunder if this was basketball.
    But its football, and I don’t think Michael would be a good NFL QB.
    He was a phenominal athlete but that not enough to be a good NFL QB.

  44. There should be some kind of rule in place for teams who constantly pick at the top of the draft and never get better. Put them at the back of the line so top 5 talent has a chance to shine instead of withering on the vine. It would be much better for the league.

  45. Michael Jordan played football who knew. Stop with the constant Jordan talk in sports today. He has become a mythical figure better than he ever was.
    He promotes his overpriced shoes.

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