Could Watson be the answer at QB for the Jaguars?

Cris Collinsworth sent Watson to Jacksonville in his mock draft. PFF advanced stats show why Watson could potentially be an upgrade for the Jaguars.

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Could Watson be the answer at QB for the Jaguars?


  • In his first mock draft, Cris Collinsworth had the Jaguars selecting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson fourth overall.
  • Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles regressed in a big way in 2016 in terms of deep passing, as his rating of 17.5 on deep throws was last among 34 eligible quarterbacks.
  • Watson’s passer rating on deep throws ranked 12th among 2017 draft-eligible quarterbacks at 110.6, which was a big improvement from his sophomore-year figure of 92.7.
  • As a freshman in 2014, Watson ranked sixth in the country in deep passing, with a rating of 115.3. That number was higher than both of that year’s top quarterback prospects, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

 

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Fantasy Slant: Blake Bortles has managed to finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in each of the last two seasons despite lackluster play. We doubt Watson could accomplish that feat as a rookie, but he does have a long-term QB1 ceiling. For more on Watson’s future fantasy outlook, be sure to check out our pre-draft rookie quarterback profiles.