Deshaun Watson ranks 5th on’s rookie of the year candidate list

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Is Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson really good enough to win offensive rookie of the year? did a pretty good job of predicting who would win defensive rookie of the year in 2016 when they chose Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Like the rest of the world, they missed on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

With Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson being a top-15 draft pick, he’s on’s list this year.

Chase Goobread of has listed Watson at No. 5 in his top-7 list.

"Watson will compete with Tom Savage for the starting role in Houston. Like any rookie quarterback, he’ll face a steep learning curve that doesn’t lend itself well to predictions about when he might emerge as a starter. But if he’s able to win the job in short order, the door for a big impact will be open to him. With RB Lamar Miller in the backfield and a receiving threat like DeAndre Hopkins on the outside, Watson has help at the skill positions. Year Two development from WR Will Fuller and some positive impact from fellow rookie D’Onta Foreman (RB) would help even more. None of that guarantees Watson success, but he’s an exciting talent who should get every chance to prove himself."

Watson will certainly have the tools around him to succeed, but he needs to first learn head coach Bill OBrien’s offense.

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In case you’re wondering, Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Leonard Fournette, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook, Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey and Los Angeles Chargers’ wide receiver Mike Williams are all ranked ahead of Watson.

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