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Clemson QB Deshaun Watson heading to NFL draft

1/10/2017 7:34:25 AM
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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson made it official Monday night after he led the Tigers to a thrilling win in the College Football Playoff National Championship -- he is leaving for the 2017 NFL draft, Andrea Adelson of ESPN reports.

"It's my time to go," Watson, who was named offensive MVP of the title game, told reporters.

The junior went 36-for-56 for 420 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 43 yards and a fourth touchdown in Clemson's 35-31 win. He found Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining to give the Tigers their first national championship since 1981.

Watson was a Heisman Trophy finalist the past two seasons, finishing third in 2015 and second in 2016. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Watson ranked third among quarterbacks for the upcoming draft.

"Whoever picks me up is gonna get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who'll make people around him better," Watson told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt after Monday night's win. "I'm just gonna go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I'm gonna play my role and do the best I can do."

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