10. Deshaun Watson
(2017-2019): 38 games played, 9716 yards passing/1233 rushing, 86 total TDs, 29 INTs, 7 fumbles, 66.8% accuracy.
By far the youngest player to crack this list, Deshaun Watson’s enigmatic first three years in the NFL have been nothing short of legendary. He may not have playoff wins or a Rookie of the Year award, but he has completely transformed the direction of the franchise ever since being drafted 12th overall in 2017.
He was included over Schaub and others partially because of recency bias, but he is also the first true franchise quarterback the team can truly rally around. His injury-shortened 2017 season was on a fringe MVP level, at 19 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, and his return from ACL has been awe inspiring.
One of the most dynamic young quarterbacks in the league, Watson has played well enough to be considered a Top 5 player at his position. Watson’s lone playoff appearance against the Indianapolis Colts did not inspire much confidence, but every player experiences some bumps along the road at some point.
The success of the Houston Texans is predicated around helping Deshaun Watson stay upright in the pocket and letting him create plays on the fly, which is why the team has secured its second consecutive AFC South title.