When the Houston Texans drafted Deshaun Watson out of Clemson with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, they envisioned their franchise quarterback.
From the get-go, that was exactly what they got.
— Texans Report (@texans_fanly) May 12, 2017
Watson is an incredibly poised young man with a strong sense of community and giving back. Character always comes into play when drafting a quarterback and all of the boxes were checked when it came to Watson.
He was also a winner, leading Clemson to become the 2016 National Champions but could that translate to the NFL was the biggest question.
— NFL (@NFL) November 3, 2017
The answer was a resounding “Yes.”
Watson set two rookie quarterback records this season already. He tied three other QBs for most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback with five and his 16 touchdowns in October are the most passing TDs in a calendar month by a rookie quarterback.
Through seven games, Watson has thrown for 1,699 yards, 19 TDs to 8 INTs, and has a QB rating of 103.
The Texans team doctors think DeShaun Watson may have torn his ACL on this play vs. Seattle last Sunday:pic.twitter.com/Kl8grwsD5J
— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) November 5, 2017
Then, a freak incident happened that jeopardized the rest of Watson, and the Texans’, season.
On a routine read-option play in practice, Watson just went down. No contact, no tackle, no cutback, no jump, nothing. He just went down.
Experts believe he was actually injured on a play against Seattle the week prior, as referenced in the above tweet.