DeShaun Watson had his Pro Day workout at Clemson on Thursday, and plenty of teams, media, and other folks were on hand. The San Francisco 49ers had a presence at the event, but already have a private workout and an official visit set up with Watson.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was on hand, and had a chance to speak with the media. Back in January, Swinney was talking about Watson and said that if a team passes on him they are passing on Michael Jordan. Naturally, people snickered a bit at the comparison.
On Thursday, Swinney addressed the comments. He did not back down from them, but instead offered reasons why he made the comparison.
“Some of the media folks got mad at me because I said if you pass on him you’re passing on Michael Jordan. But I don’t know how to articulate the type of greatness that’s inside of him. And for me that’s what Michael Jordan represents because that’s what I grew up with,” Swinney said at the Tigers’ indoor facility.
“I’m sure when Michael Jordan was coming out of North Carolina his 3-pointer wasn’t very good. And he probably had some flaws, whatever, when you start poking holes on him,” Swinney added. “But it’s who he was, that will, that drive. You can’t coach that and that’s what I want to make sure I articulate. This guy is brilliant between the ears and he’s special in his heart.”
It’s still an over the top comparison given what Jordan became in the NBA, but I at least kind of get the point he is trying to make. I don’t know if Watson has the ridiculous killer drive that Jordan had to be the best, but Swinney knows his quarterback better than me. Maybe he does. I am not holding my breath for Watson to turn into the Michael Jordan of the NFL, but if he actually does have the drive for greatness of a Jordan, that certainly could help in his development.