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Texans trade up to take Deshaun Watson 12th overall

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In the days leading up to the draft, there was plenty of speculation about the Browns using the No. 12 pick as part of a package to trade up for a quarterback after taking Myles Garrett with the first overall pick.

The Garrett part of the equation was right, but the rest didn’t play out. The Browns traded out of the spot and the Texans moved in to take Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson is the third quarterback to come off the board and the third to go to a team that traded up to secure his services.

While it may have been a surprise to some that the Browns have again opted not to take a quarterback, it’s no surprise that the Texans took one. They dealt a first-round pick in 2018, which joins the second-rounder next year that they attached to Brock Osweiler in a previous trade with Cleveland, to get a player they hope can solve the biggest weakness on the team throughout Bill O’Brien’s run as the team’s head coach.

It was shaping up to be one again this season with Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden remaining in the wake of the Osweiler trade. Watson’s arrival changes that and it would not be surprising if Watson, who will play with fellow Clemson product DeAndre Hopkins, winds up running the offense by the start of the season.

The Browns now have five picks in the first two rounds next year to go along with No. 25, No. 33 and No. 52 this year. They still don’t have a quarterback, though, and that explains why there are reports of making a run at Kirk Cousins with the Browns again passing on the top signal callers in a draft.

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20 Responses to “Texans trade up to take Deshaun Watson 12th overall”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 27, 2017 9:39 PM

    I’m so jealous. He’s the best QB in this draft. I would trade Cousins for him straight up. He’s a winner.

  2. exnavysub says: Apr 27, 2017 9:43 PM

    Im not convinced this guy can be a pocket passer. If he can’t, he will not have a long career. Time will tell.

    On a side note, this is why I come to sports sites. Its an escape, and its nice to have a night without politics. I hope sooner or later, the writers of this site get that.

  3. maust1013 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    For better or worse O’Brien has his QB. It will be interesting to see how it plays out

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    Another 2 win season upcoming for the Browns, sad!
    Should have sent the #12 pic to New England for Garoppolo.

  5. jagsfanugh says: Apr 27, 2017 9:49 PM

    Wow he will have to start….this doesn’t bode well.

  6. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:53 PM

    Probably a good pick for the Texans.

    Still kinda disappointed though. Was somewhat enjoying his slide after all his talking.

  7. Kingmj4891 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:53 PM

    Huge bust potential does will not be a pocket passer.

  8. maust1013 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:59 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:46 PM
    Another 2 win season upcoming for the Browns, sad!
    Should have sent the #12 pic to New England for Garoppolo.
    ==================

    Oh chipster you so funny, if the 12th pick would have done it Garoppolo would already be in Cleveland

  9. logicaldawg says: Apr 27, 2017 10:00 PM

    Loading up for something. Cousins? Jimmy G? 2018 QB? We need a CB and a S in this draft though. GO BROWNS!

  10. shaymusvandelay says: Apr 27, 2017 10:05 PM

    Browns are banking on a QB from next seasons draft. Texans are going to be good with Watson.

  11. schmitty2 says: Apr 27, 2017 10:10 PM

    Based on the current QB situation in Houston this can only be an upgrade.

  12. tylawspick6 says: Apr 27, 2017 10:12 PM

    a complete disaster

  13. udub says: Apr 27, 2017 10:39 PM

    The Browns will regret this

  14. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 27, 2017 10:40 PM

    They literally cannot tell a quarterback from a landfill at Texans hq.

  15. realfootballfan says: Apr 27, 2017 10:40 PM

    Right move for Cleveland. They got saved from themselves with the Bears taking Trubisky, and they rightfully didn’t reach for any of the others.

  16. stexan says: Apr 27, 2017 10:42 PM

    At best, a borderline desperation move by Houston. If he doesn’t work out the Texans are in deep trouble for several years to come.

  17. therealzeitgeist says: Apr 27, 2017 10:57 PM

    If Watson is type who listens to his coaches etc. he will do just fine in Texas. I wish him best of luck, and I’ll always kinda like the guy after he made ‘Bama cry. That’s great karma right there.

    First-year starters can work, but only if they have good coaching staff and actually pay attention to said coaching staff.

  18. imaduffer says: Apr 27, 2017 11:32 PM

    Houston, the EGO has landed.

  19. 150bigdaddy says: Apr 28, 2017 2:20 AM

    If you take a qb,this was the best choice. He can put pressure on a defense with his legs. Last year Dallas got the best available qb in the 4th round,while other teams took your average run of the mill pocket passer ahead of him and turned up duds,every last one of them.Good pick Texans

  20. darksidecowboy says: Apr 28, 2017 5:14 PM

    Battle of Texas with Watson wanting to be drafted by the Cowboys, should be interesting.

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