After Dak Prescott’s success in Year 1 with the Dallas Cowboys, other contenders may be looking for a similar revival after an unordinary down year.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Arizona Cardinals are “very high” on Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
This is under the assumption that Carson Palmer retires and the Cardinals aren’t able to snag Tony Romo.
Many mock drafts have Watson going before the Cardinals pick at No. 13, which includes quarterback-needy teams such as the Cleveland Browns (twice), San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills ahead of them.
It’s not clear how far up the Cardinals would have to move up to get him, but assuming Mitch Trubisky goes off the board first, it could be as high as No. 2.
Last year in a trade to move up and take Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the Browns the No. 8 overall pick, a 2017 first-rounder, their third-round and fourth-round picks and a 2018 second-rounder. Cleveland sent their 2017 fourth-round pick to Philly.
Will Watson be worth the haul? Scouts are certainly rewatching his magical National Championship performance against Alabama and their NFL-ready defense over and again.
Watson has completed 67 percent of his passes each of his three years at Clemson, throwing for a career-high 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his final year, with a 151.6 quarterback rating.