The Houston Texans did gamble by trading up for Deshaun Watson.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report posted an article listing the riskiest move that every NFL team has made this offseason.
When it comes to the Houston Texans, Gagnon believes that trading up to draft quarterback Deshaun Watson is their riskiest move heading into the upcoming season.
Here’s a portion of what Gagnon wrote:
"Let’s be real: Every draft pick contains risk. Quarterbacks in Round 1 are particularly risky because they’re supposed to become franchise leaders but fail more often than not. That has to make trading up to draft a first-round quarterback one of the riskiest moves in the NFL.By dealing their 2018 first-round pick to the Browns in order to move up 13 spots to take Watson 12th overall, the Texans essentially used two first-round picks on one quarterback."
Gagnon also brought up the fact that only 10 out of 26 quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round between 2006-2015 are actually starters right now.
I agree that trading up to take Watson was a big risk for the Texans.
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Let’s face it, it’s very difficult to find a franchise quarterback in the NFL. It’s the hardest position to find a legit starter for.
But that doesn’t mean that a team shouldn’t take the chance of drafting someone like Watson.
Bill O’Brien has only been the head coach of the Texans since 2014 and never drafted a quarterback higher than the fourth round.
In order to finally have a chance at acquiring a great quarterback after things flamed out with Brock Osweiler in 2016, O’Brien and the Texans had to make a move for someone like Watson.
While some people believe that O’Brien is on the hot seat heading into the upcoming season, I don’t see it that way. I believe Watson has bought him some more time.
O’Brien is now in a make or break two or three year period. He’s going to take his time and make sure that Watson develops into a franchise quarterback.
Because if Watson doesn’t, both him and O’Brien will be looking for new jobs by the time 2020 rolls around.