NFL mock draft: Chiefs land Deshaun Watson once again
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs have once again landed quarterback DeShaun Watson of Clemson in a mock draft, the latest from CBS Sports.
Looking at several mock drafts over the course of an offseason will usually give way to a good guess as to what a team is likely to do with their picks in the NFL Draft. John Dorsey, however, has proven to be an elusive catch for mock draft creators. The Kansas City Chiefs general manager fooled nearly everyone with first round picks like Dee Ford or Marcus Peters, so it’s impossible to tell what he might do in 2017. That said, the common pick lately has been Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Chiefs have held a formal interview with Watson at the NFL Combine, as they did with every top quarterback in this class, including Brad Kaaya, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes. In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler says Watson is an “ideal scenario” for both player and team at No. 27 overall. He writes:
"This might be an ideal scenario for both the Chiefs and Watson. Kansas City secures the future of the position and Watson goes to a winning organization where his skill-set fits what the head coach wants to do on offense."
The Chiefs have left the cupboards proverbially bare behind Alex Smith and their due diligence on the available quarterbacks all signal that the Chiefs will look at QBs early in this year’s draft. Will they take one in the first round? That remains to be seen, despite one rumor to the contrary, but it’s a popular guess that one will be taken in the first three rounds.
Watson would certainly be a popular first round pick for the Chiefs, an incredible leader who threw 41 touchdowns during his senior season against some very tough competition.