Deshaun Watson opens week with Chiefs, Browns meetings

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The Chiefs have quarterback Alex Smith under contract for two more years and they’ve answered every question about his future in Kansas City with strong endorsements of Smith’s ability to lead the team.

That’s not stopping them from taking a look at other options, however. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Chiefs are meeting with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson on Monday. Getting him to Kansas City if they like what they hear and what they’ve seen on the field may be difficult.

Anderson adds that Watson is set to meet with the Browns on Tuesday and Cleveland is set to pick twice in the first round before the Chiefs are up for the first time with the 27th selection. There are other teams in need of quarterbacks picking ahead of the Chiefs, so moving up via trade may be a necessity if they want to land the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.

Kansas City currently has Tyler Bray and Joel Stave on the roster at quarterback along with Smith, so adding a player at the position in the draft may be part of the plan even if it doesn’t happen early enough for Watson to be their choice.

19 responses to “Deshaun Watson opens week with Chiefs, Browns meetings

  1. Ohio State has maybe 3 first round secondary players and Alabama has maybe 3 first round defenders in the draft this year. Watson beat up on them. He excelled in every combine measurable and had major college production and a National Championship. Aside from velocity (which nobody had heard of before this year), he beat everyone in every category.

    No offense to any of the other guys, but I’m missing why Watson is not the #1 consensus QB prospect.

  2. Ohio State has maybe 3 first round secondary players and Alabama has maybe 3 first round defenders in the draft this year. Watson beat up on them. He excelled in every combine measurable and had major college production and a National Championship. Aside from velocity (which nobody had heard of before this year), he beat everyone in every category.

    No offense to any of the other guys, but I’m missing why Watson is not the #1 consensus QB prospect.

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    I tend to agree. But there are legitimate questions about his accuracy, which can be masked at the college level. Although those questions seem to stop short of him being called “in-accurate.” But the guy clearly has that IT factor. Performs when the game matters the most & gets the most out of guys around him. In short, he’s a winner. He’d be my #1 QB but that doesn’t mean I’d take him in the top 10.

  3. bobsacamano2 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:04 PM

    Ohio State has maybe 3 first round secondary players and Alabama has maybe 3 first round defenders in the draft this year. Watson beat up on them. He excelled in every combine measurable and had major college production and a National Championship. Aside from velocity (which nobody had heard of before this year), he beat everyone in every category.

    No offense to any of the other guys, but I’m missing why Watson is not the #1 consensus QB prospect.

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    Because of he is not White, 6’4″, and from a pro style offense. Sad but true.

  4. Kansas city is going to try and nab Patrick Mahomes.

    They will hope he falls to 27, or they MIGHT move up to 23 if he is still on the board

  5. dawgbite, you’re right that nothing ensures success. All of these guys are gambles. They all come from the spread offense. I’m just not sure why Watson is not the best of the gambles. Hate to be cliche, but he “checks every box.”

    David Carr had about the only solid reason to like Trubisky ahead of Watson: Mitch went through more progressions in college. He also went 8-5 in the ACC as a one year starter.

    Watson is 28-2 in the last two years and one of those losses was a national championship. Same height, same weight and faster.

    I hope they both do well, I’m rooting for them both. But Watson was the consensus number 1 pick a year ago and then went out and won a national title and is now considered a late round talent. I don’t get it.

  6. Watson could have the best college credentials since Ken Dorsey. Dorsey bounced around the NFL for a few years, then became a backup in the CFL. I could see Watson having a similar career. Dorsey played in two National Championship games, and won one. He was 38-2 at Miami. He was tall, white, yet got drafted in the 7th round. The tape didn’t lie then and it doesn’t now. Watson is not an NFL prospect at this point in time. I can’t predict the future, but guys that play poorly in college, don’t usually play good in the pros. I’m only talking about tape. I’m not talking about numbers or hype.

  7. I remember the two last times we nabbed a QB in round 1: Steve Fuller at #23 in 1979 and Todd Blackledge in ’83. Fuller woulda been OK but got hurt; Blackledge got beat out by Bill Kenney, a free agent from Northern Colorado.

    It is time to roll the dice on a QB in round up. Trade up for Watson is my preference. He balls.

  8. Chiefs and Smith are really only together for one more year. There’s no way they’re paying Smith’s big number next year with very little dead money on the table for cutting him loose.

  9. I would be surprised if the Browns passed on Watson, with the credentials he has. He checks all the boxes, but what you can never teach is toughness. What I saw in the national championship game was a guy who got battered relentlessly and didn’t flinch. This guy played great against a Nick SABAN pro prospect laden defence twice. If you are going to play quarterback in the AFC North you better be tough.

  10. I think we all know what Cleveland is going to do at #1, Garrett is the obvious pick. The big question remains what will Frisco at #2 and Chicago at #3 do. There is a month left for the evaluations to continue and the lies to circulate among all the so-called experts and GM’s. The fact of the matter is it is a quarterback driven league. Some teams will do anything to get their man…… Good luck with that.

  11. The ideal scenario for Watson would be to get picked up by a team that won’t play him for at least a year, if not two.

    Let him learn like Aaron Rodgers, behind a vet on a consistently good team, and watch him blossom.

    Or, I dunno, maybe the Jaguars grab him and ruin the man forever.

  12. Okay here’s my take..hue Jackson once turned jason campbell into a playoff qb..i really believe he can do the same with a more talented watson

  13. “dawgbite says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:52 PM
    JaMarcus Russell, RG3, Johnny Manziel…College production, while important, ensures nothing at the NFL level”

    Coaching however does. If JaMarcus was on Reid’s Eagles, Coughlin’s Giants, Packers or Patriots, I bet you he would of had a completely different career. He would of been far away from the nonsense and with competent coaching staff.

  14. ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE COUNTING WATSON OUT SAYING HE IS NOT READY AND THAT THIS QB CLASS IN NO GOOD… BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT AND YOU HEARD IT FIRST FROM ME…I THINK WATSON IS GONNA SURPRISE ALOT OF PEOPLE..I THINK HE IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BETTER QBS IN THE LEAGUE BY HIS 3RD YEAR…I REALLY LIKE THIS KID ALOT I THINK HE IS GONNA BE LIKE A CAM BUT BETTER…I THINK HE IS FOR SURE THE BEST QB IN THIS DRAFT AND WHATEVER TEAM DRAFTS HIM IS NOT GONNA BE SORRY…YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST…

  15. I hope the Chiefs make a move for Watson. He has way higher ceiling than Smith.
    Chiefs will need a someone to open up the field if they are ever going to do more than one and done in the playoffs.

  16. On the flip side, didn’t Smith help guide the Chiefs to a division title last year in the most competitive division in the NFL? That doesnt suck! Maybe that’s his ceiling, but the Chiefs need to focus on winning playoff games which has been their achilles heel for decades now.

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