Texans players, coaches, and fans are all (mostly) ecstatic about the Texans trading up for Deshaun Watson in the first round. Even Watson himself can hardly contain his excitement. Here are just some of their immediate reactions tonight in the wake of the potentially franchise-changing move by Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien.
— Deandre Hopkins (@Nukdabomb) April 28, 2017
@DeshaunWatson4 Welcome to the family!! Let’s go get it young fella!!— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) April 28, 2017
— Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) April 28, 2017
ha.— Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) April 28, 2017
O'Brien: "When I met him at the Combine, [he] was a very posed guy... He's a very impressive guy."— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 28, 2017
O'Brien on Watson: "When you watch the college tape, there were so many things he did well throughout his career."— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 28, 2017
O'Brien on Watson: "This guy is a winner. I don't think anyone can argue with that."— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 28, 2017
O'Brien was impressed with Watson's recall of plays, ability to learn new plays & teach them back. On field, played well in clutch moments.— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) April 28, 2017
DeShaun Watson's last visit w Texans. Looked Bill O'Brien in eye, said knows most important piece to championship team is HC-QB relationship— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 28, 2017
Deshaun Watson shown crying on screen. Fans inside NRG Stadium can be heard cheering from box. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) April 28, 2017
Rick Smith highlighted Deshaun Watson stepping up and helping family while his mother was battling cancer. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) April 28, 2017
Deshaun Watson essentially beat an NFL team in the national championship game and got drafted after guys named Mitchell and Patrick— Victor Dukes (@VictorDukes23) April 28, 2017
To be completely objective about that last tweet from Mr. Dukes, Deshaun Watson’s squad was not exactly lacking for NFL talent itself. He was throwing to five future NFL receivers, after all.
All that being said, Watson always managed to show up when the lights were brightest throughout his college career no matter who he was playing with or against. Let’s just hope that all those intangibles translate to real, tangible success on the field in the NFL.