Head Coach Bill O’Brien met with the media shortly after the Houston Texans selected former Clemson quarterback, Deshaun Watson. Much was made of the move but Bill O’Brien knew he liked what Watson was made of immediately when he met with him at the NFL Combine.
Watson took a pre-draft visit to Houston, spent three hours at the facility, and made enough of a solid impression for the Texans to make this move.
“When he came here to meet with us here, he met with are whole offensive staff and it was impressive,” O’Brien said of Watson. “He was able to learn plays, teach the plays back to us. Talk about his own history, his own ability to overcome adversity. He is a very impressive guy. You know, we are excited to add him to the team.”
General Manager Rick Smith echoed that sentiment regarding Watson and his visit to Houston.
“When he came to our building and I watched him sit and talk 30 minutes with the different players,” Rick Smith explained of when Watson arrived to Houston for his visit. “Players would come up to the table and talk to him, he would engage. It seemed to me it was a really good fit; it really solidified on what I really felt about the young man.”
At Clemson, Watson was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, he started and led the Tigers to 28 wins his final two seasons, including a National Championship in 2016. Also, Watson won the Johnny Unitas award (top graduating quarterback in college football) and the Manning Award winner for the second straight year.
“One thing that stood out to me is how well he played in clutch moments, big games,” O’Brien said of the film Watson put up. “Games that really meant everything, National Champsionship games. Big ACC games, the guy came through when the chips were down. He was able to lead his team to victory. That says a lot.”
“He is a winner. 33-5 as a college quarterback, National Champion,” O’Brien explained. “When I met him at the combine, very poised guy. I felt like he was that guy that answered the questions very honestly, had a good memory, good recall of specific plays that happened in his college career.”