During the Senior Bowl, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said passing on quarterback Deshaun Watson would be like passing on Michael Jordan.
Swinney doubled down on that claim at Clemson’s Pro Day, and he compared Watson to MJ again.
“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, via the Charlotte Observer.
“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.”
Swinney certainly isn’t lacking in confidence with Watson. Watson led Clemson to a national title last season, and he was a two-time Heisman finalist.
NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Watson as his No. 27 overall player, and the No. 1 QB in this draft.
Comparing anyone to Michael Jordan is certain to raise a few eyebrows, but it seems like Swinney really believes it.
(h/t Pro Football Talk)