Texans Move Up to 12; Grab QB DeShaun Watson as Signal Caller of the Future

After trying to find him in free agency last season and it being a bust, the Texans are hoping their gutsy move on Thursday of moving up to grab QB DeShaun Watson will pay off.

After watching teams trade up to take quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson finally heard his name called.

The former Clemson quarterback was selected 12th overall, but not by the Browns. The Texans moved up from 25th overall to take the two-time Heisman finalist.

The Browns received Houston’s pick at 25 and also will get the Texans’ first-round pick next year. The Browns already owned the Texans’ second-round pick next year because of the trade for Brock Osweiler.

The 6-2, 221-pound Watson is the most experienced quarterback in the draft class and has the most impressive resume. Watson is a proven winner who led Clemson to a national championship last season and took the Tigers to the national title game the year before. The two-time All-American started five games as a freshman before taking over full time in 2015.

Watson threw for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a sophomore and then tossed for 4,593 yards with 41 scores and 17 picks last year. Though he completed over 67 percent of his passes all three seasons, some view Watson as an inconsistent passer.


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