This past Thursday, April 27, the Houston Texans selected Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Prior to making the pick, the Texans traded away this year’s first round pick and next year’s first round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their No. 12 overall pick. The Texans have been on the lookout for a quality franchise quarterback since the beginning of times. Watson was the third quarterback picked in this year’s draft.
“I’m going to come in and work, and play this role and learn from Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden,” said Watson. “I can’t wait to get to Houston and call it my new city.”
Watson took the Clemson Tigers to two straight National Championship games, both against the Alabama Crimson Tide, eventually bringing home the National Championship trophy and the MVP during this most recent season, which he declared as his last after the victory.
Although a solid pick, Watson does have a downside at the quarterback position, in that he threw 17 interceptions last season and 13 interceptions the season before that. Watson’s best ability, however, is that he is a true leader on the field. He will serve as the coach on the field that the Texans desperately have needed at the quarterback position.
Deandre Hopkins, Braxton Miller, and Will Fuller V, who also went to Clemson, will all now be able to get open down the field now that Watson has arrived. Watson isn’t afraid to throw the ball down the field, unlike his predecessor – former starting quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was also traded to Cleveland during the offseason.
Watson will have to adjust to the pro-style system that Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien runs, and will be coming into the league with a huge chip on his shoulder. He feels that he was disrespected by not being selected as the number one quarterback in the draft, especially after all he did while at Clemson.
“You see all the things I’ve accomplished, it’s a long list, and they want to talk about the little negatives I have and bring somebody else up? It’s a little disrespectful,” said Watson.
Texans fan should be happy with what GM Rick Smith and Head Coach Bill O’Brien are trying to do, especially being able to get Osweiler out of the door, along with his contract. The next thing the Texans front office focused on during the draft was seeking to address its secondary and offensive line – something they will continue to do during the offseason.
They made some other key draft decisions such as drafting: linebacker Zach Cunningham (second round); running back D’Onta Foreman (third round); offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (fourth round); cornerback Treston Decoud (fifth round); and center Kyle Fuller (seventh round).