After taking his college team to two National Championships, and being nominated for the Heisman two straight years, Houston Texans’ quarterback, Deshaun Watson, was a highly accomplished recruit out of Clemson. After projecting high in the draft, Watson fell to the third quarterback selected, and twelfth overall in the 2017 draft, despite his college success.
Watson’s fellow quarterback recruits, Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina, and Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech University were selected before him in the first round, but somehow he managed to significantly outperform his rookie peers. Watson set passing touchdown records by a rookie in a single game with 5, in a single month with 16, in a single half with 4, and the most touchdown passes by any quarterback in the history of the NFL in their first 7 professional games. He would most likely have continued to set and break records had he not suffered a knee injury during practice in November of 2017.
It was widely reported that Houston’s coach, Bill O’Brien, catapulted his offenses’ success by, in an unprecedented move, catering part of his offensive scheme to his star quarterback’s Alma mater’s playbook. Watson’s future looks very promising in the Lone Star State because the Texans didn’t attempt to recreate the wheel. Their early successes could serve as a model for other teams that want to capture the explosiveness of a dual-threat quarterback under center.