But running around and throwing lasers again to his college go-to guys at wide receiver and tight end provided a reminder of his greatest, most immeasurable asset vs. any other QB in the class —he'sthe only one who can boast that he's fresh off leading a team to a national championship.
Watson's "wow" factors, his athleticism and arm, were on display as expected, but so were his issues with efficiency, footwork and mechanics, things he'll need to iron out.
But his collegecoach, Dabo Swinney, wanted to make sureall the evaluators in attendance representing quarterback-needy NFL teams saw what they couldn't see with Watson.
"It's what's inside of him, it's what's in between his ears, it's type of young man he is," Swinney said."He's chemistry, Day 1.He's leadership, Day 1. He changes the locker room, Day 1. He impacts free agency, Day 1.He makes everybody better, Day 1."
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That's exactly what you'd expect Swinney to say about the player who took his program to new heights and helped stamp his own legacy as one of the greatest modern offensive coaches.
But he's absolutely right that winning, even thoughmeasurable, keeps getting overlooked as a tangible attribute.
"I don't know how to articulate the greatness that's inside of him," Swinney said of once comparing Watson toMichael Jordan. "To me, that's what MichaelJordan represents, because that'swhat I grew up with. I'm sure when Michael Jordan was coming out of North Carolina, his 3-pointer wasn't very good and he had some flaws when you started poking holes on him. But it was who he was, it'sthat will, that drive — you can't coach that.
"That's what I want to make sure I articulate. (Watson is) always the same with his character and integrity, and he's at his best in the biggest moment."
Watson led theTigers to two consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff final after dominating the ACC, the same conference in which North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky started for one season. Watsonalso outplayed Notre Dame'sDeShone Kizer in the same game, in the same rain, against a semi-conference rival, during the latter'sbetter of two seasons.
There can be a lot of ways in which NFL teams keepknocking Watson and moving him downtheir boards, much like every single flawed young QB who comes into the league. When weighing all things, however, nothing weighs as heavily in his favor as the kind ofexperienceevery team on every level covets most.
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Swinney believes that gives Watson a chance to go as high as No. 1 overall, above any player at any position.
"He's got plenty of consideration. He won't be sitting there long," Swinney said. "Don't buy all the stuff you hear. Wherever he goes, he will be great. They'll all figure it out."