Defending national champion Deshaun Watson is slated to meet with the Houston Texans, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Watson led the Clemson tigers to back-to-back National Championship games. Furthermore, he won the National Title in 2016. Entering the draft, Watson is viewed as one of the premier signal-callers going pro. He is also viewed as arguably the most “pro-ready” of all the prospects at quarterback. The Houston Texans have a major need at quarterback, and Watson is a player the team should be interested in on draft day. Indeed, it appears the Texans are interested in the signal caller, as teams don’t visit with players they don’t envision drafting. With the draft fast approaching, the Texans are doing their due diligence on the Clemson quarterback.
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Watson is viewed as a signal caller who shows tremendous skills inside and outside the pocket. He checks in at 6-foot, 2-inches, weighing in at 221 pounds. However, questions remain regarding his body being durable enough for the NFL. You can’t teach someone how to be a winner, though. Watson is a winner as he had a very successful career at Clemson. In his last 2 seasons, Watson threw for 8,697 yards and 76 touchdowns. Furthermore, he also had 21 rushing scores, which further displays his athletic ability. In 2016, Watson finished second in the Heisman trophy voting, losing out to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.
Watson is regarded as a prospect who could go anywhere from the top-10 of the draft to the second round. If teams value a proven winner who plays the game the right way, they would be wise to look at Watson. Watson has been connected to several quarterback needy teams, including the Jets at #6, Buffalo at #10, and Arizona at #13. There are several teams who could look to scoop up Watson before the Texans are on the clock.
Houston Texans Take:
Watson is battling with Mitchell Trubisky, Deshone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes to be the first quarterback off the board. However, if these players fall to pick 25, the Texans should pounce on adding a talented quarterback to a depth chart that needs one. In Watson, the Texans would be getting a pro-ready quarterback. With a stout defense, the Texans are a quarterback away from being a legitimate contender in 2017. With this in mind, don’t be surprised if the Houston Texans trade up if they see a quarterback they like. Getting a quarterback is a top priority for the team in the draft, and they are in position to grab one in the first round.