The quarterback class in the 2017 NFL Draft features plenty of questions, and uncertainty how high any of them will go. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has drawn a lot of praise since the national title game, and UNC QB Mitch Trubisky has been a regular to the San Francisco 49ers in the second spot of a lot of mock drafts. Now, Pro Football Focus offers us a look at both quarterbacks going early.
The latest PFF 2017 NFL mock draft features the 49ers drafting Watson at No. 2, and the Chicago Bears drafting Trubisky at No. 3. Naturally, they have Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett going No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns. Here’s what they had to say about the 49ers decision.
There is a lot of debate as to where the quarterbacks will land, and while I have my concerns about Watson after a year marred with inaccuracy and poor decision-making, he’s a worthwhile gamble at the top of the draft. The need for quarterbacks is too strong in this league, and Watson has shown the ability to throw with touch on the outside while also showing the requisite zip to make passes up the seam. He was the No. 3 overall quarterback in the nation in 2016 in PFF grades, but given the high standards put on him, it was a disappointing effort for much of the season as he forced too many passes into coverage and his work in the pocket did not develop as expected. Still, there is plenty to work with in Watson who had a knack for bouncing back from adversity like few quarterbacks, and perhaps that is his greatest attribute and one that pushes him toward the top of the draft.
The next three months are going to be fascinating as the two quarterbacks, and other quarterbacks are picked apart. DeShone Kizer, Pat Mahomes, Brad Kaaya, and others will get their share of looks, but it seems like Watson and Trubisky are competing to be the first quarterback off the board.
If the 49ers do secure the services of Kyle Shanahan, it is safe to say he will have a huge say in who the 49ers draft at the quarterback position. There are other options as well, such as signing or trading for Kirk Cousins. But, even with such a situation, the 49ers are very likely to invest at least some measure of draft capital int he quarterback position.