Written by Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports.com
President Donald Trump welcomed Clemson to the White House on Monday to celebrate the Tigers’ victory over Alabama in January’s national title game. During the ceremony, Trump even offered up a scouting report on former Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was drafted 12th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“He’s going to be a great NFL player,” Trump said, adding:
“Offensive MVP, quarterback Deshaun Watson, took some very, very hard hits (against Alabama). But he never rattled,” Trump said. “He’s great under pressure. I’ve seen that, I’ve heard that. He always got right back up. And he fought, and he fought, and he kept winning. Now he’ll bring that toughness together to the Houston Texans.”
The Texans certainly hope so. The Brock Osweiler Experience couldn’t have gone worse and the team jumpstarted their search for a franchise quarterback after just one season.
Meanwhile, Trump, who is friends with Tom Brady, has a mixed record when it comes to evaluating NFL talent. Back in May 2013, here’s what he said about former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow:
.@TimTebow has tremendous talent and a proven ability to lead. He deserves to be in the @nfl.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2013
Tebow remains out of the NFL.
As for Watson, Texans coach Bill O’Brien is trying not to complicate things. “Show up every day and get better. Simple as that,” O’Brien said last month, via ESPN.com. “Every single day, improve on the things that you need to improve on. There’s always going to be something, whether it’s a playcall or footwork or some type of decision at the line of scrimmage, that maybe you made a mistake on the day before or answered a question wrong in the meeting or whatever it is, let’s fix that. Let’s get better every single day. It’s a progress league. It’s about improvement every single day.”
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