3 QB Recruits Shockingly Ranked Higher Than Deshaun Watson in 2014

Max Staley
Deshaun Watson trailed some really surprising names in the 2014 recruiting class.
Deshaun Watson trailed some really surprising names in the 2014 recruiting class. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
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Deshaun Watson has been an elite quarterback at every level. He put together two stellar seasons as a starter for the Clemson Tigers, even winning the national championship in 2016. He would go on to become the No. 12 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, and he's been electric since entering the league, leading the Houston Texans to a 21-10 record as starter over the past two seasons.

However, it may surprise you to learn that there were quite a few high school quarterbacks that were ranked higher than Watson in the 2014 class. In fact, Watson was only the seventh-highest rated QB recruit in his class. With that in mind, here are three QBs that were shockingly ranked higher than the Texans' signal-caller in the 2014 recruiting class.

2014 QB Recruiting Class

All 2014 QB recruiting class rankings are according to 247 Sports.

1. Kyle Allen, Washington Redskins

Kyle Allen was considered the top QB recruit in 2014.
Kyle Allen was considered the top QB recruit in 2014. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

2014 QB Recruiting Ranking: No. 1
College: Texas A&M, Houston
NFL Draft Result: 2018 NFL Draft (undrafted)

2. Will Grier, Carolina Panthers

Will Grier was considered the No. 4 QB recruit in 2014.
Will Grier was considered the No. 4 QB recruit in 2014. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

2014 QB Recruiting Ranking: No. 4
College: Florida, West Virginia
NFL Draft: 2019 NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers (Round 3, Pick 100)

3. Clayton Thorson, Dallas Cowboys

Clayton Thorson was the No. 5 QB recruit in 2014.
Clayton Thorson was the No. 5 QB recruit in 2014. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

2014 QB Recruiting Ranking: No. 5
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 2019 NFL Draft, Philadelphia Eagles (Round 5, Pick 167)


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