There will be several highly touted quarterbacks available in the NFL Draft this April, including North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky.
But for Rick Neuheisel, there’s no question who should be top quarterback off the board. It’s Deshaun Watson, a two-time Heisman runner-up who on Monday led Clemson to its first national championship since 1981.
“I don’t know what he’s going to look like on his Pro Day, I don’t know what he’s going to look like when he goes to the Combine, when he’s judged like (he’s in a) meat locker and poked and prodded and all that kind of stuff,” Neuheisel said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio And Jones. “But I do know this: There are guys that have ‘it.’ There are guys that, when they take the field, have ‘it.’ And if you give them an offense that allows their ‘it’ to come forward like they did in Carolina with Cam Newton, like they did in the early years with Robert Griffin III at Washington – Deshaun Watson is a winner.”
Watson was stellar against Alabama for the second straight season, and this time, he got the better of the Tide, throwing for 420 yards, rushing for 43 and accounting for four touchdowns (three pass, one rush), including the game-winner with one second to go.
Wayne Gallman rushed 18 times for 46 yards and a touchdown for Clemson. The rest was all Watson, who finished 36-of-56 passing and rushed 21 times in the 35-31 win.
“This guy threw 50-some passes last night,” Neuheisel said. “He threw all kind of throws. He, to me, is what you want as the face of your program. He took responsibility early in the year (for Clemson’s struggles). Brian, you and I sat with him when he came to New York City for the Heisman stuff. What a wonderful, humble kid. If you’re the Cleveland Browns or the San Francisco 49ers and you pass on this guy, you better have a darn good explanation for your fan base as to why somebody else is better – because this guy can turn things around.”