Leading up to the draft, many experts believed the Cleveland Browns were going to use the No. 12 pick to either draft a quarterback or trade up for one in a package deal after they took Myles Garrett first overall.
It was correct to assume Cleveland was going to grab Garrett with the No. 1 pick, but the rest of those speculations turned out to be wrong. Instead, the Browns traded out of that spot, and the Houston Texans selected Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with it. Watson is the third quarterback to have his named called and the third quarterback to have a team trade up for his services in this draft.
While it may be a shocker to see Cleveland pass up on a chance to take a talented signal caller, it shouldn’t surprise anybody to see Houston capitalize on their chance to grab one. The Texans shipped a first-round pick in 2018, along with the No. 25 pick, in order to close a deal with the Browns, as Houston has high hopes Watson can be their savior at the quarterback position, which has been a liability throughout Bill O’Brien’s tenure as the team’s head coach.
Initially, it looked like Houston’s woes under center would continue for another year, as Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden were the only two quarterbacks on the roster at the time. But the arrival of Watson changes everything and gives Texans fans a reason to be excited for the upcoming 2017 season. Watson, who will play with DeAndre Hopkins, a fellow product from Clemson, has a chance to run the offense by Week 1.
On the flip side, the Browns are now in possession of five picks in the first two rounds next year. This year, the own the No. 25, No. 33, and No. 52 picks. However, Cleveland still has a void at the quarterback position, which explains the reports claiming they are trying to trade for Kirk Cousins.