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Author: Jon Kuzma
With the NFL Draft approaching quickly teams around the league are lining up their draft boards so they can bring in top tier talent. Every team is forced with tough decisions on draft day and a good move can catapult your franchise to success for years to come. On the opposite side of that coin a bad move can set a franchise back for a number of years too (remember Jamarcus Russell?). With Myles Garrett likely the number 1 pick overall, you have to wonder what the 49ers are going to do with the 2nd overall pick? There has been discussions lately that the 49ers might draft a cornerback with the 2nd pick but anything besides a quarterback would be a letdown for the Niners. Really that limits the pick down to 2 choices, either Deshaun Watson out of Clemson or Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina. Trubisky has received a lot of praise lately especially since he threw for 30 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions last year. Many believe Trubisky has the ability to be a franchise quarterback who is similar to Andrew Luck. That is a strong comparison for Trubisky but the former North Carolina quarterback only produced one elite season at Chapel Hill (that was last year). Watson on the other hand has thrown for over 10,000 career yards at Clemson and 90 career touchdown passes. That’s in contrast to Trubisky’s 41 career touchdown passes, so Watson has put up double the production Trubisky has. On top of that if you’ve watched college football the last couple of seasons you could see first hand what a gamer Watson is. Not only did Watson knock off the virtually unstoppable Alabama Crimson Tide, he continuously rose to the occasion for the Clemson Tigers. Dabo Swinney might have a system that elevates players but it was Watson who facilitated the offense and put together a championship push. Without Watson there is no way Clemson goes to 2 straight National Championships and that shows the poise Deshaun Watson exudes while playing the quarterback position. No player in college football has been more impressive the last 2 years and that’s why it’s a no brainer that the San Francisco 49ers should pair Watson with Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers signed Matt Barkley so they might opt to choose a player that can help in a different area. That would be a foolish decision because they would be passing on a rare talent that only comes along every so often. Keep an eye on what the 49ers do when draft day rolls around, but remember anything beside Watson is a letdown.
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