Houston Texans: Bears passing on Deshaun Watson has been blessing

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Twitter had some recent Houston Texans news as Deshaun Watson tweeted about himself and the Chicago Bears during the 2017 draft process.

Back during the 2017 NFL Draft, it was a known fact the Houston Texans needed a quarterback, but were too far out to get one of the top three players at the position. The Texans news that day was they eventually traded up to the 12th overall spot, drafted Clemson star Deshaun Watson, and the rest is history.

Before that, though, the Chicago Bears moved up just a little in the draft to the second overall pick and selected Mitchell Trubisky, passing on not only Watson, but also Patrick Mahomes, who  was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since then, Mahomes and the Chiefs went on to win the Super Bowl, and the Texans and Watson have won the AFC South title twice, plus won a playoff game this past season. For the Texans news in this scenario, it was outstanding that Watson fell that far in the draft, allowing them to be able to have their superstar quarterback.

Back to the Bears and this ’17 draft process. After some discussion involving a number of things about the Bears drafting Trubisky over Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, plus with folks giving their reasons as to why it happened, Watson popped into the conversation when his name was brought up and tweeted the following:

Watson tweeted “never once” in all caps to get his point across, and looking back at the decision made by the Bears to take Trubisky with the second overall pick with then only one year experience at North Carolina, well, it hasn’t worked out well.

Others since have tweeted the following on Twitter about the Deshaun Watson and Bears situation, with managing editor Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk tweeting the following:

This offseason the Bears opted not to renew a fifth-year option they have for their quarterback next season; rather, they traded for Nick Foles, who they obtained from the Jacksonville Jaguars. As for Watson, the Texans news for him and the franchise is they are working on a long-term contract extension that will hopefully all come together and work itself out to keep the quarterback in Houston for many years to come.

Even the NFL sees the star power in the names Watson and Mahomes, as it was announced this past Thursday that the 2020 NFL season opener will the the Super Bowl champion Chiefs with Mahomes as the face of the franchise facing Deshaun Watson and the Texans in primetime.

The Bears most likely know they made a mistake passing on both aforementioned quarterbacks, but as for Watson and the Texans, they have fit well together since he’s entered the league, and Watson is one of the more feared quarterbacks in the league.

Though Watson made the tweet he made, it is evident the Bears didn’t select the best quarterback or even the second-best quarterback in that draft. Mistakes happen in the draft, but if there is one thing that seems evident, it is Watson remembers the Bears passed on him. This year’s Week 14 game will at least be interesting in that aspect, no matter what each team’s record might be by that point of the season.

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The loss by the Bears has been Houston’s gain, and for at least two of the franchises, their work and decision-making has turned out pretty well when it comes to Deshaun Watson and Mahomes.