Yes Professional soccer approach‘The most recent drill comes true, which includes a tectonic exchange between the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans, most Mile High fans would be delighted. PFF’s Anthony Treash posted a mock draft on Monday that is sure to turn heads in Broncos Country.
As the Broncos are about to enter the clock at pick 9, news of a trade hits the wire. Denver acquires disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson, while the Texans get the entire Broncos farm, as well as a call sign of their own.
9. HOUSTON TEXANS (via DEN): QB TREY LANCE, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
TRADE! Houston trades quarterback Deshaun Watson to Denver for the ninth overall pick, a 2021 second round, a 2022 first round, a 2022 second round, a 2023 first round
The Texans’ top brass may still be insisting they aren’t going to trade the star quarterback, but Watson appears to be gone at this point. In fact, FanDuel now has the Broncos as favorites to land Watson before the 2021 NFL season.
If Denver were to acquire the star quarterback, it would take a stupid number of picks even though the quarterback has a no-trade clause that gets in the way. And the Broncos are reportedly willing to do just that. After all, Watson was one of the top three quarterbacks of the 2020 season and is on his way to the Hall of Fame, according to research by PFF’s Kevin Cole.
The Broncos’ acquisition of Watson would have the same impact we saw last season when Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They would be Super Bowl contenders right away.
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The path to Hall of Fame status? Hey. Isn’t it a little early to talk like that, especially considering Watson’s lone playoff win in four NFL seasons? I understand the three nods to the Pro Bowl are impressive, but hit the brakes.
The king’s ransom that Houston orders from the PFF trade leaves them stunned. Not one, not two, but three first-round picks, plus two second-round picks.
I miss that noise.
However, there are a crowd of Broncos fans and media who would line up to pay for Watson. Broncos free agent safety Justin Simmons said last week that Watson would make his team “automatically contenders,” a take like PFF’s, which frankly has a few holes.
If Watson could take a top 10 team like the Broncos and instantly turn them into a contender, then surely the Texans would have been a force to be reckoned with last year, or so the logic goes. But Houston finished 4-12 and the Texans didn’t have to deal with the likes of Patrick Mahomes twice a year, not to mention Justin Herbert.
Watson’s 4,823 passing yards led the NFL and while he produced 33 passing touchdowns, it wasn’t enough to prevent Houston’s ruin. They call him a current top 5 quarterback in the league, but is Watson the tide that lifts all boats, like the bona fide franchise?
I’m not saying it isn’t (sorry for the double negative), but what I’m saying is that based on recent empirical evidence I’m far from convinced that it is. What that means is that the possible arrival of Watson, along with all of GM George Paton’s horses and men, might not be enough to bring the Broncos back together.
In that case, those five premium round draft picks handed out to get Watson would probably be the biggest culprit to point to. The possibility that any team, especially the Broncos who have so many holes in the defensive roster, give up the farm to win the Watson draft is a proverbial catch 22.
You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
I would protect myself on the side of honoring Paton’s core philosophy and ‘writing and developing’ the way out of the Broncos slump. Other than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady falling into the lap of a team, there are no quick fixes in the National Football League.
Unless you’re saying that Watson is at that level. I know that’s what PFF says. Is that what you’re saying? Because that is definitely it’s not what i’m saying.
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