Even though Deshaun Watson may be disappointed that he was the third quarterback picked in the first round of last night’s draft, Colin says it’s a blessing in disguise.
Today in The Herd, he pointed out that Watson going to Houston rather than a dumpster fire like Cleveland will be put him in a better position for long-term success in his NFL career.
Watson inherits one of the best rosters in the NFL, great receiving targets, a proven offensive coach in Bill O’Brien, and he can learn behind competent veteran Tom Savage. All will help his development as an NFL quarterback.
If he went to a team, like a Cleveland, he would be expected to be a savior right away. The NFL history books are littered with the names of quarterbacks who tried to do the same and failed. Most never recovered – see Tim Couch and Akili Smith.
Even though Watson will make a lot less money than Mitch Trubisky as a rookie, he’ll be better off in the long-term. Getting a fat rookie contract doesn’t do an NFL rookie quarterback any good if he’s out of the league before he can get a second one.