The Houston Texans, a team that picks two slots before the Kansas City Chiefs, are hosting Deshaun Watson on a pre-draft visit this week.
The Kansas City Chiefs have already used their chance to work out Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson privately. Now it’s time for the Houston Texans to do the same, as Ian Rapoport notes with a visit early this week in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Texans already traded away last year’s starting quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns and missed out on convincing Tony Romo to continue his NFL career as their new starter. Instead, they’re heading into the draft with Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden as the quarterbacks on the roster, meaning Houston is likely going to take a quarterback early in the draft if they find a guy or two that they like.
Meanwhile the Chiefs are also in the same spot with Alex Smith as the incumbent but very little proven behind him. Tyler Bray and Joel Stave are both on the depth chart right now but either one could easily be tossed for better options, so it’s easy to see the Chiefs also reaching for a quarterback early in the draft. The only problem for K.C. is that the Texans are slotted to pick before them at No. 25 overall in the first round. The Chiefs sit at No. 27.
The Chiefs certainly have the draft ammunition to move up ahead of the Texans, but Houston could do the same. At the same time, several other teams with picks well above the Chiefs could also be interested in many of the same players, including the Arizona Cardinals at No. 13, the Cleveland Browns at No. 12, the New York Giants at No. 22 and so on. For the Chiefs, the Texans are simply another team to have to factor in to the overall equation of when and where to move up—if at all.