Deshaun Watson is heading to Houston. The Texans traded up with the Cleveland Browns from pick No. 25 and selected Watson with the No. 12 pick in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL Draft.
Watson was the third quarterback off the board after the Chicago Bears selected Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 and the Kansas City Chiefs selected Patrick Mahomes at No. 10.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 28, 2017
Deshaun Watson is off the board at No. 12 overall!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/q9dV5CHXn7
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) April 28, 2017
Experts were uncertain where Watson, a two-time Davey O’Brien Award winner, would land in the draft. Prior to the 2016 college football season, some draftniks predicted that Watson could be a future No. 1 pick. However, concerns about interceptions, accuracy, and field vision — as well as the intense scrutiny that comes with a high draft projection — caused his stock to take a slight hit leading up to Thursday night. (For his part, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney warned that passing on his former quarterback was akin to passing on Michael Jordan.)
But regardless of all the buzz and nitpicking, the Texans clearly see Watson as their future franchise quarterback, given that they gave up their 2018 first rounder in the trade with Cleveland. Clemson fans will enjoy watching Watson throw passes to former Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.