What were you doing at 25? Were you still reading textbooks? Were you putting all that book learning to use and living as a young aristocrat in a metropolis? Were you eating home cooked dinners at mama’s house, dying to get out there on your own? Were you tired, hungry, and living out there on the road? Did you lead your team to a 24-0 lead on the road in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs?
I’m sure whatever you were doing, or are currently doing, is beautiful and joyous. It isn’t on the same level of what Deshaun Watson is currently doing. Barely under 25, he’s a fringe top five quarterback in the NFL and one of the best young players in the NFL. Pro Football Focus said that themselves, so it must be true.
DW4 was ranked 7th on PFF’s annual “25 under 25” list. You can read the whole list here or you can just read what they had to say about Watson below:
Age at kickoff: 24 years, 11 months, 27 days
Watson isn’t without his faults — namely his penchant for holding on to the ball too long and inviting pressure upon himself — but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that he has been one of the league’s best quarterbacks over the last two seasons, ranking seventh in PFF grade among qualifiers over that period. He’s been particularly adept pushing the ball down the field, with top-five marks in passing grade and yards per attempt (14.6) on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield over the last two years. With the speed Houston now has in its wide receiver room, that figures to be something they could feature heavily in 2020.
What’s your take in response to that ranking?