There wasn’t anything wrong with the Houston Texans trading up for Deshaun Watson.
The Texans haven’t made many moves this offseason, but they did manage to bring a nice group of rookie players that include first round draft pick, quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports has come out with a list of 10 candidates that in his opinion lost the offseason.
The list starts off with the Texans, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs all at No. 10.
Here’s what Wagner-McGough wrote:
"All three teams traded multiple draft assets to draft rookie quarterbacks. As history shows, trading up to draft quarterbacks almost always backfires. The only known fact about the draft is that it is a crap shoot. Nobody — including general managers — really has a clue if their draft picks will result in NFL-caliber players. That’s why it’s important to stockpile picks, so you have a better chance of winning the lottery. Going all in on one player, and giving away picks in the process, rarely works.I mean, just think about how often highly drafted quarterbacks turn out to be awful. Odds are at least two of the three quarterbacks taken in the first round (Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, DeShaun Watson) will be bad."
So the Texans should have not traded up for Watson and then done what? Because Watson would have likely not been available where they were originally picking at No. 25.
I guess the Texans could have just stayed where they were and taken quarterback Deshaone Kizer. But I’d personally rather a team go up and get the guy they want, rather than take whatever’s available.
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Wagner-McGough went on to list quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round and showed that most of them turn out to be bad.
This is very true, but drafting a quarterback is always a gamble. And it’s one that a team has to take in order to find a franchise signal-caller.