All it took was meeting Deshaun Watson for the Houston Texans to know he was the guy they wanted.
There were reports before this year’s NFL draft that the Houston Texans loved Patrick Mahomes and that Mahomes loved the Texans.
That might be the case, but there wasn’t much chatter about the Texans and Watson until right before the draft.
Let’s face it, Houston did a heck of a job keeping their love for Watson under wraps ahead of the draft.
Patrick Starr of State of the Texans detailed how Watson won the Texans over during the pre-draft process.
"Watson won over the building with how he handled himself with current players and his offensive meeting with the coaches when he arrived for his pre-draft visit. O’Brien expressed many times how much he likes Watson’s recall as a quarterback and it is clear that O’Brien himself was clearly involved in finding out more about Watson.The Texans tracked Watson for a while. Smith attended the National Championship game and was impressed with him from the start to the finish of the game. More importantly, Smith left the game more than happy with Watson’s ability to make big time throws when needed. Questions have been raised about Watson as a passer but Smith is not worried about that after what he saw that game. When adding in Texans team personnel’s attendance at the Clemson pro-day and Watson’s visit to NRG, it was clear the Texans took care of the background work on their new quarterback, while keeping their intentions close and hidden from public eye."
Now we know why the Texans and general manager Rick Smith traded up for Watson.
While many people had the Texans trading up for a quarterback in their mock drafts, it wasn’t very believable since Smith hasn’t traded up or down in the draft much during his time in Houston.
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The Texans couldn’t go wrong with trading up for Watson. He’s a leader that’s willing to work as hard as it takes to win football games.
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