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2017 Schedule
9-7, 1st in AFC South
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2hMel Kiper Jr.

Day 1 winners, question marks and more

The Texans are betting big on a guy with a championship pedigree, but who's also coming off an inconsistent 2016 college season.

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In going 12th overall to the Texans Thursday night, Clemson's Deshaun Watson became the sixth national championship-winning quarterback since 2006 to be drafted in the first round.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what the Texans and Browns have now traded this offseason: Texans receive: 2017 12th pick (QB Deshaun Watson), Browns' 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 142) and $10 million in cap space from trading Brock Osweiler. Browns receive: Osweiler, 2017 25th pick (S Jabrill Peppers), Texans' 2018 first-round pick, Texans' 2018 second-round pick, and Texans' 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 188).

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Deshaun Watson has more wins in the College Football Playoff (3-1 record) than Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes have wins over ranked opponents combined (2 - both by Trubisky).

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4hJeremy Fowler

Watt brothers eye Texans-Steelers tilt on Xmas

After younger brother T.J. was drafted by the Steelers on Thursday, Texans star J.J. Watt expressed excitement about the Christmas Day matchup between Houston and Pittsburgh.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With T.J. Watt getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he and brother J.J. Watt will play on Christmas Day.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson called the moment he was drafted even better than the moment he won the national championship with Clemson because he finally is an NFL player.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson said he knew it was a possibility to go to Houston and that he is excited to play with fellow Clemson alum DeAndre Hopkins.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Smith reiterated that the Texans are comfortable with Tom Savage as the starting quarterback but that Deshaun Watson will have the chance to earn the respect of the locker room and compete for that job.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said Tom Savage is still the Texans' starting quarterback.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said his meeting with Deshaun Watson at the combine and at the facility impressed him. He called him poised and instinctive and felt like he was a guy who answers questions honestly and has a good memory.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Smith said the Texans looked at Deshaun Watson and saw, "he's a winner. He's got that winning gene." He also praised his leadership.

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Texans trade up for Watson (0:36)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson has some areas of his game that need to develop, but his leadership and toughness are key to the position. That sells in an NFL locker room. And the Texans can cater to his strengths this season by adjusting the game plan. Think more movement passes, QB designed runs and play action to put him in productive situations.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

You don't move up 13 spots to take Deshaun Watson unless you have unbelievable conviction that he can be your guy for a long time. The Texans will give Watson every opportunity to compete for the starting job as a rookie. This is an awesome challenge for coach Bill O'Brien.

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6hMatt Bowen

Why Deshaun Watson already has the respect of NFL vets

You want toughness? Deshaun Watson showed he has plenty at Clemson, taking hit after hit and popping right back up. That will immediately endear him to the veterans in Houston's locker room.

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7hSarah Barshop

Texans trade up, take QB Watson at No. 12

The Texans selected Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th pick in Thursday's NFL draft after a trade with the Browns.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Because I know you're thinking it: Combine the two trades, and the Texans traded the Browns two first-round picks, a second-round pick, a sixth-round pick and Brock Osweiler for DeShaun Watson and a fourth-round pick.

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In Deshaun Watson, the Texans get the most decorated QB of this year's draft class. The two-time Davey O'Brien Award winner and 2016 Heisman runner-up left Death Valley with a national title and tied for the most wins in Clemson history.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have used their new No. 12 pick to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Buckle up for a quarterback battle in Houston in training camp.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston trades up from No. 25 to No. 12. I was told Texans coach Bill O'Brien fell in love with QB Deshaun Watson during pre-draft workouts and interviews.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have traded with Cleveland for the No. 12 pick. Could we see Deshaun Watson go here? He had a really good visit with Houston.

Team Stats

Passing Yards198.529th
Rushing Yards116.28th
Points For17.329th
Points Against20.511th

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