DeShaun Watson might be able to start right away for the Houston Texans.
So far leading up to this month’s NFL draft the most popular choice for the Houston Texans in mock drafts has been Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.
We finally have a mock draft with a little twist.
Chris Burke of SI.com has released his latest mock draft and he has the Texans taking Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson in the first round of a three round mock.
"Watson could go anywhere from No. 2 to Round 2 and no one would be all that taken aback. That said, if Houston can get its hands on him, the draft’s most NFL-ready quarterback could push for a starting job on a playoff team."
I love Watson. He’s my favorite quarterback in this draft because of everything he brings to the table when it comes to his leadership and maturity.
If Watson falls out of the top 10, he would be a steal for any team after what he did for Clemson over the past two years.
I know Watson’s arm strength isn’t great, but plenty of starting NFL quarterbacks aren’t very strong and are still able to get the job done.
Burke has the Texans taking Utah safety Marcus Williams in the second round.
Here’s what his NFL.com draft profile says:
"Ball-hawking free safety who has outstanding ball skills and has shown a propensity for causing turnovers. He can play from a high centerfield spot and utilizes his instincts to swoop down and challenge throws. He’s able to get running backs down, but he’s not physical enough to be a combination safety. NFL teams love defensive backs with athletic traits, instincts and ball skills. If he works out well before the draft, he should move up team boards."
With Quintin Demps gone, taking a player like Williams would fill a big need heading into next season.
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In the third round, Burke has Houston going with Troy offensive tackle Antonio Garcia.
Garcia’s draft profile reads:
"Consistently playing below 300 pounds, his lanky frame is the first thing that gets noticed. But his positive attributes show up on tape more than his weaknesses. Mass and functional strength are concerns and he still needs plenty of technical work, but a team could look to draft and stash him based on his starter’s traits and ability."
It sounds like Garcia may not be ready to start right away but he could come in and compete for the Texans’ starting right tackle spot.
Garcia could possibly develop into a starting left tackle down the road as well.