It’s impossible to predict how the NFL draft will actually play out, and the fact that the Houston Texans were able to select Deshaun Watson as the overall 12th pick was one of the biggest surprises. After all, Watson has one of the best college football records of all of the quarterbacks who were available in this year’s NFL draft.
Despite this, two other quarterbacks who are solid, but not nearly as proven, were selected ahead of Deshaun Watson. As a result, college football coach Dabo Swinney predicted during a Sports Illustrated interview that every team that passed on Watson will live to regret it.
The College Career of Deshaun Watson
What makes Swinney so confident that Deshaun Watson will come back to haunt teams such as the Chiefs, Bears, and Browns? During his college career, Watson won a national title, amassed a record of 32-3 and earned himself a stellar reputation.
He also came in first in the ACC in several categories during 2015 and 2016, including pass completions, pass attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total plays, and total yards. With stats like these, it’s easy to see why Swinney is questioning the logic of teams that passed on the opportunity to pick up Deshaun Watson during the 2017 NFL draft.
Deshaun Watson is Atlanta’s Pick for National Superhero Day
Stats are important, but as many professional athletes have illustrated, they don’t indicate whether a young football player can handle the pressure of becoming an NFL star. With Deshaun Watson, though, the Houston Texans are getting a quarterback who has highlighted his abilities on and off the field.
Watson represents a classic feel-good story that features many obstacles, including growing up without a father and spending much of his life living in poverty, but he has continuously risen above them. This has earned him a lot of acclaim throughout the Atlanta area.
In fact, Deshaun Watson’s hometown of Gainesville, Georgia, has honored the football player by naming a street after him. Formerly known as Touchdown Drive, the street that leads into Watson’s high school alma mater has been renamed Deshaun Watson Way.