The Houston Texans saw the Chicago Bears trade up to the second pick and grab North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. After that, they saw the Kansas City Chiefs trade up to the tenth pick to nab former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. When those two quarterbacks were drafted, the Texans knew they had a chance to get the guy they wanted. Knowing that it was possible, the Texans traded their 25th pick in this draft along with a 2018 first rounder to Cleveland for the rights to the 10th pick in this year’s draft. With that complete, the Texans were able to nab their guy: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. There were plenty analyst that were not high on Watson. They ignored his winning pedigree and were stuck on things like arm strength and accuracy. While they knocked him for his arm strength, the draft analysts were all over Trubisky and Mahomes, marveling over the things that they can do. While the physical talent may be there for both Trubisky and Mahomes, the mental fortitude is there for Watson, who proved time and time again that he could make things happen. The thing that he definitely has over the other two guys many are talking about is he is a winner. He has won at the high school and college level and has made the plays necessary to win games.
Heading into Houston, he could not have landed in a better situation. The Texans have a solid running back that can catch the ball and run the ball as well in Lamar Miller. They also have one of the top wide receivers in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins, along with young wide receivers Will Fuller IV and Braxton Miller. The offensive line is solid but it could be better, but looking at that set of skill players he has around him, Watson could be immediately successful. But the biggest obstacle to his success is Tom Savage. Savage was in and out of the Houston offense as the starting quarterback as they were coming down the stretch and he will definitely have a leg up on Watson when it comes to experience in the offense. But one thing about Savage that should have Houston fans excited to see Watson is his injury-riddled career. Time after time, Savage was injured over his career and has not been able to stay on the field. In fact, he missed the entire 2015 season with an injury. The inconsistency staying on the field along with the inconsistency in the passing game at times will allow Watson to be seen probably a lot quicker than the quarterbacks selected ahead of him. With that being said, the instinctive, smart Watson will had an offense that is talented around him along with a defense that can cause havoc and is getting their best player, defensive lineman JJ Watt, back this season from injury.
Watson has solid accuracy and is a leader. Sure, he misses some throws. But the good thing for him is he has not reached his ceiling for what he has the potential to do. Each year at Clemson, he worked on getting more comfortable in the pocket and mixing in running and throwing more. The even better thing about Watson is he has proven to be durable, not missing a start in college. Houston is built to win and win right now. Some may say that Savage will give them the best chance to win. But those same folks saying that must obliviously be ignoring the things that we have seen out of Savage over and over again on the field. This team is tailor-made for Watson and his abilities. The rest of the AFC South may need to be worried, because if Watson continues to put things together, then the Texans become even more scarier than they already were.
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