FORT WORTH, Texas – Two-time Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner Deshaun Watson was selected Thursday night in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, who traded up 13 spots to obtain the former Clemson star with the No. 12 overall pick.
Last year, Watson guided the Tigers to a 14-1 overall record and the school’s first national championship since 1981. He finished third nationally in passing yards (4,593), passing touchdowns (41) and points responsible for (304), and was fifth in total offense per game (348.1).
On the season, the dual-threat quarterback amassed 5,222 yards of total offense while accounting for 50 total touchdowns. He completed 388-of-579 passes (67.0 percent) for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns, while rushing for 629 yards and nine scores.
Watson is the sixth consecutive Davey O’Brien Award winner to be chosen in the first round of the draft. In addition, he is the 14th winner ever to be taken among the top 12 in the selection.
In 2016, Watson became the fourth two-time winner of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, and the first since Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003-04. The other multi-time recipients include BYU’s Ty Detmer (1990-91) and Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (1995-96).