Deshaun Watson: Turnovers
46 total touchdowns and a shot at a national championship!? What’s not to like!? Yes, Watson could be the most explosive quarterback in this year’s draft, but he’s also the most careless with the football. Sure, 38 passing touchdowns looks great, but 17 interceptions on the other hand, not so much. As mentioned earlier, defenses only get better in the NFL, so ball security won’t get easier. To put Watson’s interceptions in perspective, he has thrown at least 7 more picks than any quarterback who appears on this list. Patrick Mahomes threw 10 interceptions this season, and he threw 30+ more passes than Watson this season.
An explosive quarterback with problems protecting the football is a familiar storyline in the Windy City. Jay Cutler has frustrated fans and coaches alike with mind-boggling turnovers. The last thing the Bears need is another quarterback who shows no regard for protecting the football. Chicago finishing the last two games with 5 turnovers apiece shows just how important the turnover battle is. Interceptions and poor decision-making probably cost Matt Barkley a chance at the starting job, and it should keep the Bears from offering the job to Watson.
Watson’s crazy statistics catch the eye, but they shouldn’t catch Chicago’s third overall pick.