Deshaun Watson: Pick Mitchell Trubisky over me and live with the consequences

AP

The suspense will likely end on Thursday night for the top players in this year’s group of draft-eligible quarterbacks as the first round kicks off and teams start adding rookies to their roster ahead of the 2017 season.

Two of the quarterbacks at the top of that list are North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, neither of whom has established himself as the clear No. 1 choice across the board a couple of days ahead of the draft. Watson was on NFL Network Tuesday and shared his message for any team that might opt for Trubisky over him.

“You’re gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it. That’s how I see it,” Watson said. “I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he’s done and all the hype he’s getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that’s who they’re gonna roll with, so be it.”

Among the biggest differences between the two quarterbacks is experience. Trubisky started for one year in Chapel Hill while Watson led Clemson to two straight national title games to give him a big edge in time as a starter. That is just one of the data points that teams will have to consider and it’s clear what side of the fence Watson believes is the more significant one.

64 responses to “Deshaun Watson: Pick Mitchell Trubisky over me and live with the consequences

  1. @davexucc

    I seem to remember Randy Moss making similar comments after sliding in the draft. He lived up to it.

    In regards to Watson’s comments, he doesn’t have enough respect for Trubisky to call him Mitchell.

  2. Personally I think they’re both going to disappoint the teams that draft them, but whatever.

  3. davexucc says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:12 AM
    When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never

    —————-

    Really? I seem to remember Tom Brady telling Robert Kraft that he would not regret drafting him……I’d say he was correct.

  4. Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.

  5. take him Cleveland ….. look at all the Bama Defenders that are going into the NFL the last two years.

    This guy basically played in the National Championship game the last two years against NFL quality Defenses and performed excellent in both games.

    what else do you need to see?

  6. giantsfan29910 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:31 AM
    Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.
    ===============
    Tom Brady sat behind Drew Henson, who washed out as an NFL player. What’s your point?

  7. Watson is right. Everyone will see. I’m glad that he is assembling the doubters. Fuel for his fire which I know for a fact runs very deep. He will be the guy that in a couple of years people are saying I can’t believe we passed over him. Write it down. Screen shot this post. Remember it.

  8. Red flags with Kizer and Watson, for sure. Trubisky is probably the best prospect, but with such limited experience, no way he can be a top 10 pick or even a 1st rd pick.

    This is why teams fail in the NFL. They do stupid things.

  9. When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never
    ————–
    Peyton Manning said it to the Colts. (Draft Leaf over me and I’ll make you pay for it.)

  10. Remember when Jared Zabransky made the comment “teams will be upset that they passed on me” comment? Couldn’t even make it in the CFL. I say just be humble except who picks you and where you get picked and do what you can to better yourself and be productive in the NFL.

  11. Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.
    ———
    Cam Newton transferred to Auburn because he couldn’t beat out Tim Tebow. Matt Cassel backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and never started a game until he was in the NFL.

  12. Trubisky played out of the shotgun 98% of the time. He’s never been in a pro style offense and nobody knows how he plays in the really big games because he was never in one in college. Every year there’s some guy who catches everybody’s fancy despite big question marks.

  13. The Level of Negativity in the comments on PFT is startling.

    What else would you want Watson to say? Should he have said, Take Trubisky, he will be better than me? If I pick Watson, i want him to have the attitude they he will make other teams pay.

  14. To those proclaiming Watson the next great thing because his team went to 2 national title games, this is a tale of caution. The league’s bustland scrapyard is riddled with college QBs who came from highly successful PROGRAMS. They benefited from superior coaching and surrounding talent such as defenses and offensive lines. They can’t handle the adversity in the pros. See Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart, Sanchez, Jason White, AJ McCarron, etc.

  15. factschecker says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:48 AM

    When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never
    ————–
    Peyton Manning said it to the Colts. (Draft Leaf over me and I’ll make you pay for it.)

    ————————————
    Manning never said anything like that.

  16. The best pro-ready prospect by far is Jimmy Garropalo. How much Belichick will get for him is the only question.

  17. niners816 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:23 AM
    More like pick either one of these two in the first round and live with the consequences.

    hahahaha

  18. I liked this guy until now. Where in the hell do you get the balls to trash someone else, that you don’t even know. Trubinski is highly rated by many teams so lets not blame him.
    Both of you went to the combine and he stood out over you so blame yourself. One of your problems is attitude that someone owes you and that has dropped your stock.

  19. jacoby66forhof says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:15 AM

    In regards to Watson’s comments, he doesn’t have enough respect for Trubisky to call him Mitchell.
    —————————————-

    Maybe they know each other.

  20. Often times, I find that threatening my potential employer is the best way to begin a working relationship.

  21. jacoby66forhof says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:15 AM

    In regards to Watson’s comments, he doesn’t have enough respect for Trubisky to call him Mitchell.

    ———————————————-
    You should also know that the UNC roster listed him as Mitch not Mitchell. I guess they don’t respect him either.

  22. These guys can’t see the forest for the trees.

    College accomplishments are in the past. Draft position doesn’t matter.

    Try to become a real starting NFL QB. Start learning now! There are only 32 jobs in the world and many of them are currently filled. There is no guarantee even a first overall pick would get one of the jobs.

    The journey is just starting.

  23. Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.

    ————

    I go to enough UNC games to say this:’

    1. Trubisky is clearly better than Marquise Williams.
    2. It’s very rare for a good stater as a senior to lose his job to an underclassman, unless there is a vast difference between the 2, which there probably wasn’t in training camp heading into 2015.
    3. Trubisky does need more reps and experience and should in no way be a 1st rd pick, let alone a top 10 pick.

    With that kind of selection, fans will expect him to start right away, unless he goes to a stable organization with a clear superior veteran starter (which is a rarity in the NFL right now).

  24. factschecker says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:52 AM
    Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.
    ———
    Cam Newton transferred to Auburn because he couldn’t beat out Tim Tebow. Matt Cassel backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and never started a game until he was in the NFL.

    ————–

    One common thread there… once a QB gets their opportunity they have to prove they can do the job at the NFL level. Cam and Cassel both did (to different degrees of success) and that’s why they are still around. Trubisky will get his shot.

  25. I agree. Deshaun should go #2 to the Niners. Cleveland is too afraid to take anyone but Garrett at #1 because everyone is screaming he should go #1. I’m not a Clemson or Watson fan but he should go #1. It blows me away the lack of Football insight and acumen that NFL GMs and scouts lack. The proof is in the tape. What Watson can (and will be) is right there for everyone to see but everyone is not me and lacks the foresight that I have. I knock this out of the park EVERY year and watch my predictions come true and blossom over time. I doubled over in laughter at the first two picks of the draft last year.

    #Thatdamngood

  26. If I were advising Watson I’d tell him to shut up… Trubisky will end up in Cleveland and his career will be over in 3-4 years. Watson could land somewhere where he’d have a chance at a real NFL career perhaps

  27. Cam Newton transferred to Auburn because he couldn’t beat out Tim Tebow. Matt Cassel backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and never started a game until he was in the NFL.

    ————–

    Cam Newton was kicked out of Florida for breaking into dorm rooms and stealing laptops. He went to a d II school before transferring to auburn.

  28. Though Watson’s comments were respectful, don’t you get just a little bit tired of these players piping up to NFL teams before the draft about who they should be taking?

  29. Manning never said anything like that.
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    Direct quote….

    “If you take me, I promise you we will win a championship. If you don’t, I promise I’ll come back and kick your ass.’

    -Peyton Manning to Bill Polian prior to the draft.

  30. As an FSU fan who pays special attention to the ACC, I know Trubiski will be mediocre in the league. He basically is making his money on what he did against FSU’s defense, which still hasn’t stopped an up tempo spread offense yet under Charles Kelly (think Oregon 2 years ago and Louisville last year dropping 60). Otherwise against other teams, he was very pedestrian. So just like when I heard these same “he has all the tools talk about Blaine Gabbert, another looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane QB prospects, I bristle at what these people are watching. Watson is the only guy I’d consider, but he has major flags too, particularly his accuracy. However, he has one asset that can’t be taught that I saw over and over again with him, if you hit him in the mouth, it didn’t rattle him. That’s something that always translates to the league and that most QBs don’t see a lot of when they come from these high end programs, but he did. The first time he got on the field in that game at FSU that they last lost by fluke late, he got hit in the mouth time and time again as a true freshman and did so in the last 2 meetings as well where he rallied them after they were down in both games, but he kept coming. Same with the games with Alabama and other high profile games he’s been in. You can’t teach that. As far as the spread stuff, all of these guys are major projects from that standpoint and no coaches will know until they get them full time what they can learn and regurgitate or how fast. Trubiski though isn’t a franchise QB. Whoever takes him is going to get everybody in the building fired.

  31. How many QBs who led their team to national titles have been a bust in the NFL. Remember Josh Heupel, Jason White, Ken Dorsey et al? They were able to succeed because they were on really good teams and he didn’t have to play flawlessly in order to win. It would be interesting to see how good he would have been on a mediocre team. Brett Favre was THE reason Southern Miss won games. Sure, Watson may have been the deciding factor in some games but they were good on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. They also had a first-round WR on his team which is difficult for any team in college to handle. I think I’ll wait to see if Watson can play in the NFL as well as he talks before the draft.

  32. Trubisky 13 college games.
    Watson: Played in 2 national Championships, and won 1.

    Just base don what they achieved at the college level, it is a remarkable difference between the 2.

  33. Scouts are not overwhelmed by Watson’s size and physical tools. That and his interception total is scaring off teams. The league puts too much stock on qb’s hitting all their projection checkpoints. Blaine Gabbert is the model NFL projection qb. Extremely high IQ, Great size, mobility and looks like a star. Watson is a leader who can handle pressure and thrives under the spotlight. That criteria alone makes him a potential franchise qb.

  34. jerseyshoregiant says:
    factschecker says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:48 AM
    When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never
    ————–
    Peyton Manning said it to the Colts. (Draft Leaf over me and I’ll make you pay for it.)
    ————————————
    Manning never said anything like that.

    “If you pick me, I guarantee you that we will win a championship and we’ll have a great program here,” Polian has recalled Manning saying. “If you don’t, I’ll come back and I’ll kick your ass.”

    The internet’s a helluva drug

  35. According to velocity numbers from the combine, Watson’s velocity was 49 and Mitchel’s was 55. That’s 6 mph difference. (Mahomes was 60 fyi). A 2 mph difference equates to a 3 foot difference on a 20 yard throw. SO if Watson and Mitchel both threw the same 20 yard pass Mitch’s would get to the receive 9 feet ahead of Watson’s.

  36. Headline takes Watson out of context a bit. He said only the obvious. Whatever happens is out of his control at this point, he’s done everything he possibly could to prove himself on the field, and so be it.

    From what I’ve seen I’d roll the dice with Watson. WINS, keeps his nose clean, speaks for himself, has a really long gut in the biggest situations.

  37. nhpats says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:25 AM

    davexucc says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:12 AM
    When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never

    —————-

    Really? I seem to remember Tom Brady telling Robert Kraft that he would not regret drafting him……I’d say he was correct.
    ——————————————–

    A 6th round pick won’t say that!!! lol He never said that.. That’s TV for you my friend…

  38. whenwilliteverend says:
    Apr 25, 2017 12:08 PM

    How many QBs who led their team to national titles have been a bust in the NFL. Remember Josh Heupel, Jason White, Ken Dorsey et al? They were able to succeed because they were on really good teams and he didn’t have to play flawlessly in order to win. It would be interesting to see how good he would have been on a mediocre team. Brett Favre was THE reason Southern Miss won games. Sure, Watson may have been the deciding factor in some games but they were good on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. They also had a first-round WR on his team which is difficult for any team in college to handle. I think I’ll wait to see if Watson can play in the NFL as well as he talks before the draft.
    ————————————
    TEBOW!!!!!!

  39. QB Film Room says:

    Apr 25, 2017 10:31 AM

    lol. Everybody trying to copy what Brady told Kraft and Peyton told Polian. It doesnt hold weight when you are copying what others said.
    ———————
    Brady and Peyton did it privately, big difference.

  40. davexucc says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:12 AM
    When does a guy that makes a comment like that ever live up to it? … Never
    #########################

    Remember a feller named Peyton Manning. Same statement.

  41. mackcarrington says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:40 AM

    giantsfan29910 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:31 AM
    Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.
    ===============
    Tom Brady sat behind Drew Henson, who washed out as an NFL player. What’s your point?

    ———————–

    Brady plays in the GOAT SYSTEM ran by the GOAT coach, GM, and owner. Trubisky is going to by all accounts the worst franchise in the NFL.

  42. I can’t believe the level of disrespect being shown Watson. He has the intangibles along with the production. He recovered from major surgery to lead his team against Alabama twice, almost winning both. He’s better than any 1st round qb taken last year and will instantly turn any team he joins into a winner.

  43. Fantastic post. As I said above Watch the tape. This guy knows. You other Robots play follow the leader With Todd McLame, Mel Sniper and the other so called experts. Reading most of these posts leave me flummoxed but this guy hit it out of the park.

    realfootballfan says:
    Apr 25, 2017 12:07 PM
    As an FSU fan who pays special attention to the ACC, I know Trubiski will be mediocre in the league. He basically is making his money on what he did against FSU’s defense, which still hasn’t stopped an up tempo spread offense yet under Charles Kelly (think Oregon 2 years ago and Louisville last year dropping 60). Otherwise against other teams, he was very pedestrian. So just like when I heard these same “he has all the tools talk about Blaine Gabbert, another looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane QB prospects, I bristle at what these people are watching. Watson is the only guy I’d consider, but he has major flags too, particularly his accuracy. However, he has one asset that can’t be taught that I saw over and over again with him, if you hit him in the mouth, it didn’t rattle him. That’s something that always translates to the league and that most QBs don’t see a lot of when they come from these high end programs, but he did. The first time he got on the field in that game at FSU that they last lost by fluke late, he got hit in the mouth time and time again as a true freshman and did so in the last 2 meetings as well where he rallied them after they were down in both games, but he kept coming. Same with the games with Alabama and other high profile games he’s been in. You can’t teach that. As far as the spread stuff, all of these guys are major projects from that standpoint and no coaches will know until they get them full time what they can learn and regurgitate or how fast. Trubiski though isn’t a franchise QB. Whoever takes him is going to get everybody in the building fired.

  44. factschecker says:
    Apr 25, 2017 10:52 AM
    Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for 2 years. Marquise Williams is so good, that he was undrafted and is currently a free agent. All this hype is ridiculous. One season of starting is not enough to evaluate a QB.
    ———
    Cam Newton transferred to Auburn because he couldn’t beat out Tim Tebow. Matt Cassel backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and never started a game until he was in the NFL.

    *****************************************************************************

    Matt Cassel? He went in the 7th round, not 27th overall. Also, the guy’s had an alright career, but he’s not someone I’d be using as an example for the argument you’re trying to make.

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