Texans draft Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
by: Michael Tula (BTP Sports)
April 28th, 2017 — The Houston Texans addressed their most glaring through the draft with their selection of Clemson QB DeShaun Watson. It was an uncharacteristically aggressive move for the Texans that didn’t come cheap: they traded away the 25th overall pick in this year’s draft along with their 2018 1st round pick to select Watson.
However, it was a move that secured what many believe to be the only franchise-caliber quarterback in this year’s draft. Given the fact that the Texans were a playoff team last year with the top ranked defense in the league (without JJ Watt in the lineup) and the 8th ranked rushing attack? The decision to trade up for Watson seems like a no brainer.
The Texans gave the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots a run for their money in the divisional round. Statistically, Tom Brady had his worst game in last years playoffs: he completed 18 of 38 passes, was sacked twice and threw 2 interceptions. Despite giving up a special teams TD
and a big TD drop by Will Fuller, Houston had ample opportunities to win this game. They simply did not have competent quarterback play to get over the hump and floundered down the stretch as a result.
With JJ Watt easing his way back and center Nick Martin coming back from injury, this team is once again a quarterback away from a deep playoff run. The Texans’ brass seems to think they’ve found their guy.
“I just think when you look at the young man and you study his history…he’s a winner. He has that winning gene,” said Texans GM Rick Smith at the draft’s day 1 presser.
“He’s a winner. He was able to learn plays, teach the plays back to us…he’s a very impressive guy,” said Bill O’Brien.
A winner at the quarterback position is something that the Houston Texans have sorely lacked throughout their history. For now, the selection of DeShaun Watson gives Houston a new hope.