Reviewing The 2017 NFL Draft in 2018: #12 Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL
We have a football season in the books and now we can look back and try to evaluate or re-evaluate the 2017 NFL Draft…and kinda re-remember what seemed important about a year ago – ultimately, to judge what would be done differently today or where teams made mistakes.
I like doing these types of things in head-to-head battles because it forces me to consider a simple choice…A or B. I can focus on the two players, get reacquainted with their 2017 season and pick the one I would select if I were an NFL GM today. I look at it like I’m starting an expansion franchise…so, I want the best player, obviously, but I have to consider positional scarcity and history, etc.
We’ll do one matchup per day in February until we crown a winner. Set up tournament style with 1-32 seed, and #1 facing #32 first round, etc.
#12 Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL
Do I take a QB who graded poorly for us pre-2017 NFL Draft, but then lit up the stat sheets in a few starts for Houston, but then the good times halted when he blew out his knee in a practice…or a DE prospect we graded highly on skill/technique/frame but who isn’t a physical (speed-agility) freak?
Well, I’m alone on this – but I’m not sold on Deshaun Watson. He’s a very good spread QB, but there are better spread QBs out there…just most NFL teams won’t even entertain the spread offense. Credit Bill O’Brien for doing so. Watson is not a great, meticulous reader of defenses type of passer. He’s a timing/spread/playmaker, which is nice but he’s not that physical big/stout, so injuries are a concern…and now we have the knee already in year-one. I fear an RG3 career arc has started.
Charlton is going to fly under the radar because he’s built to do dirty work that won’t ring up stat sheets – he’ll set the edge in the run game and be a good run stopper with his length and ability. However, he can also get to the backfield with a variety of moves…one of the best technique DE prospects I’ve ever seen. However, he is not a lightning fast physical freak like a Myles Garrett.
QB is king in the NFL, but I really don’t believe in Watson and feel I could do better at the position with a later pick…and I believe that Charlton has a chance to be a freak of sorts as a unique, multi-faceted superior technique D-End.
I’m going Charlton over Watson.
#20 Garrett Bolles, DEN vs. #4 Leonard Fournette, JAX
#3 Solomon Thomas, SF vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB
#27 Tre’Davious White, BUF vs. #11 Marshon Lattimore, NO
#26 Takkarist McKinley, ATL vs. #10 Patrick Mahomes, KC
#18 Adoree’ Jackson, TEN vs. #2 Mitch Trubisky, CHI
#1 Myles Garrett, CLE (winner) vs. #16 Marlon Humphrey, BAL
#24 Gareon Conley, OAK vs. #8 Christian McCaffrey, CAR (winner)
#1 Myles Garrett, CLE (winner) vs. #32 Ryan Ramczyk, NO
#16 Marlon Humphrey, BAL (winner)vs. #17 Jonathan Allen, WAS
#9 John Ross, CIN vs. #24 Gareon Conley, OAK (winner)
#8 Christian McCaffrey, CAR (winner)vs. #25 Jabrill Peppers, CLE
#12 Deshaun Watson, HOU (winner)vs. #21 Jarrad Davis, DET
#5 Corey Davis, TEN vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL (winner)
#13 Haason Reddick, ARI vs. #20 Garrett Bolles, DEN (winner)
#4 Leonard Fournette, JAX (winner) vs. #29 David Njoku, CLE
#3 Solomon Thomas, SF (winner) vs. #30 T.J. Watt, PIT
#14 Derek Barnett, PHI vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB (winner)
#6 Jamal Adams, NYJ vs. #27 Tre’Davious White, BUF (winner)
#11 Marshon Lattimore, NO (winner) vs. #22 Charles Harris, MIA
#7 Mike Williams, LAC vs. #26 Takkarist McKinley, ATL (winner)
#10 Patrick Mahomes, KC (winner) vs. #23 Evan Engram, NYG
#15 Malik Hooker, IND vs. #18 Adoree’ Jackson, TEN (winner)
#2 Mitch Trubisky, CHI (winner) vs. #31 Rueben Foster, SF
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