3. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
When the Houston Texans drafted Deshaun Watson with the no. 12 pick in 2017, many believed it was a bit of a reach. He was a tremendous college quarterback for Clemson, but the thought was his game just wouldn’t translate to the NFL. Boy, were those people wrong as Watson has turned into one of the top young quarterbacks in the game.
In just three seasons Watson has a 24-13 record and has appeared in 3 playoff games. On top of that, he has eight comeback wins and 10 game-winning drives. His athleticism is just enough to buy himself time, and his arm strength allows him to make difficult throws on the run.
Head coach Bill O’Brien has become known around the league for making bonehead trades, yet the team still manages to find a way to win 10 games. Yes, there’s talent on the roster, but a big reason why he is bailed out is because of the talent of Watson.
There is no quit in this kid and no lead is ever big enough to feel comfortable (that could because us Browns fans have seen the team squander a lead far too many times). Not only that, but Watson is also as tough as any quarterback in the league. You’ll flip on a Texans game and Watson will be limping around the field from taking a big hit, but the next play will run around and throw a touchdown.
The Browns are fortunate in 2020 with a much easier schedule than last season, but there is no doubt Watson and the Texans will be a huge matchup in Cleveland on 11/15 after the bye week.