2017 NFL Draft: DeShaun Watson Fantasy Analysis

2017 NFL Draft: DeShaun Watson Fantasy Analysis
  • SportsGrid Staff


The 2017 NFL Draft is taking place in Philadelphia, PA, and we’re giving you fantasy analysis on everything from expected roles to bust potential.

Corey Parson (@TheFantasyExec), Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan), and Mike Blewitt (@mikeblewitt) give their instant fantasy take on Watson’s NFL potential here, courtesy of the FNTSY Sports Network:

<h2>DeShaun Watson 2017 Fantasy Outlook</h2>

Jake Ciely, who has finished in the top four for fantasy football accuracy the last three years, wrote the following about Watson with the Houston Texans:

The Texans have their quarterback. Watson is headed to Houston to man a playoff team with one of the best RB-WR combinations in the league. Watson is similar to Jameis Winston positively and negatively. Watson is inconsistent and inaccurate, struggling with read progression. However, Winston was a Top 15 quarterback as a rookie with Mike Evans, and Watson can be with DeAndre Hopkins, especially with his rushing ability. Watson is a mid-high QB2 with the potential to near QB1 value if Bill O’Brien and the Texans coaches can improve Watson’s inconsistencies.

<h2>DeShaun Watson 2017 Mock Draft Evaluation</h2>

And Jayson Braddock, in his mock draft for SportsGrid, evaluated Watson thusly prior to the draft:

5) Buffalo Bills – TRADE (2017 – 1st round Pick #10 & 2017 2nd round Pick #44 to the Titans for 2017 – 1st round Pick #5) – QB / Deshaun Watson / Clemson – The Bills, in fear of “their” quarterback going to divisional rival, the New York Jets, decide to make a bold move and trade up to pick #5. The Bills have experience in trading up for Clemson playmakers as it was only three years ago that they shifted a future 1st & 4th round pick to the Browns in order to select Sammy Watkins. This time the price isn’t as high. In a year in which the draft is loaded with talent and due to the Titans already having another 1st round pick, they’re willing to accept the trade in which they only fall back five picks and replace the 2nd round pick that they were missing. In Watson, Buffalo gets a quarterback who complements Tyrod Taylor’s style but with much more upside. Offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison can bring along Watson slowly and develop an offense that’s built to his strength. New Bills coach, Sean McDermott gets a detailed scouting report from his former quarterback, Cam Newton, on the young signal caller, who just so happens to be close with Newton. Doug Whaley has reportedly been smitten with the potential of adding the defending National Champion quarterback.