Leave it to Andy Reid to put Deshaun Watson’s sizzling workout at the NFL scouting combine on Saturday into some sort of credible perspective.
Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs coach and renowned quarterback guru, shook his head and grinned while stopping in a concourse inside Lucas Oil Stadium to assess what he had just witnessed from the former Clemson star.
“Unbelievable,” Reid told USA TODAY Sports. “He had a great day. Every throw was on the money.”
That was no stretch, no puff to add to any pre-draft smoke screen.
Watson, in a group that included North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, whom some consider the highest-rated quarterback in the draft, was clearly in a zone during an hour-long session with wide receivers.
This was essential to his objective for the combine, where Watson came hoping to make a statement that will help him realize a goal of being the first quarterback selected when the NFL draft begins on April 26.
“It’s a goal that I wrote down and that’s what I want to achieve,” Watson told reporters on Friday. “But if it happens it happens. That’s out of my control. I can just be the best I can be in this process and continue to get better.”
Before Saturday, Watson was last seen on a football field in January leading the Tigers to a national championship and an upset victory of Alabama that avenged a loss in the title game the previous year.
In showcasing his arm before GMs, coaches, scouts and even a handful of team owners, Watson (6-2, 221) had the same zip he possessed on the night that he stung ‘Bama for 420 yards.