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With an un-Texans like move, Houston has its quarterback in Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson will be a key member of the draft.

The Texans did something they have never done. They made a bold, shocking move by trading up from 25 to 12 to pick promising Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

The Texans paid a steep price. The 25th overall pick  this year AND next year’s No. 1. It might have been too much.

But if the Texans liked Watson, they really had no choice. Two quarterbacks were already off the board. Mitchell Trubiskey went No. 2 to Chicago, which paid a hefty price to move up one spot. The Kansas City Chiefs overpaid to move up to 10 and select Patrick Mahomes.

The Texans quickly followed suit, making a deal with their good friends the Cleveland Browns, who earlier took Brock Osweiler off their hands.

Of all the quarterbacks in the draft, I like Watson the best. He will need to develop, but he is a winner, has a nice arm, solid accuracy (completed over 67 percent all three seasons) and is terrific off the field. He was at his best on the biggest stage, leading Clemson to the national title. He turns the ball over too much, but that can be cleaned up. He is also a very mobile runner and will give the Texans an element they have never had.

Did the Texans give up too much? Absolutely. Will it be worth it? Time will tell. This was an all-in move. It was bold. It was different. It was not something they do. If it fails, they have set the franchise back at least three years, and Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien won’t be around to pick up the pieces.

But they did what they had to do. Watson is the future — and maybe the present — at the quarterback position. The Texans have been trying to get the position right since Matt Schaub went full Tiger Woods. They have failed miserably, and so they had to make this move. For the price they paid, they need to hope they got it right this time.

And if I were a betting man, I would wager they did.

10 Comments on With an un-Texans like move, Houston has its quarterback in Deshaun Watson

  1. Phil Burton // April 28, 2017 at 2:00 am // Reply

    Chiefs taking Maholmes was a shocker. Maybe saved the Texans from the same mistake.

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  2. Fred Soland // April 28, 2017 at 2:05 am // Reply

    IF you were a betting man???? LOL

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  3. Jared Williams // April 28, 2017 at 2:17 am // Reply

    I don’t like it. I like watson, but not here. With this line and a guy that struggled last year with turnovers I see David Carr part deux. This kids mental toughness will be tested and it could break him. I would have preferred to see about getting Cutler in and addressing other issues for the future. Time will tell but the price was too steep with this line.

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  4. Hey at least they met the guy this time and seen him work and didn’t spend 72mil. Well 18 but still.

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  5. I once thought smith, rick was insane… That got a few pics good… Thinking now he is a bat shit bitch! If you think you owe the browns for that trade for oz!?!? Well you paid it back ten fold… Ugh!!! Really!!! Stupid ass!!!

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  6. I trust you so much from all the years ive followed you via radio and tweeter. If you like this move i love it

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  7. What was that price they paid? I haven’t gotten any clear answer on that yet.

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  8. I watched exactly 0 of the draft and have not looked at anything regarding other picks, but are there any worthwhile, immediate-start OLs that are attainable and an upgrade from the current unit with no 2nd round pick this year? If not this guy needs to never see the field…let Lechler go out when Savage and “QB2” get hurt. Keep this guy holding a clipboard.

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  9. Joanne Bergen // April 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    I am glad you like this move and time will tell Watson is a winner. He will prove all his doubters wrong. Even AJ will get on board.

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  10. Charles Westrup // April 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm // Reply

    I’m overjoyed with the pick. Watson was the one I wanted all along.

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