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14-1, 1st in ACC - Atlantic

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers' unstaffed free agent pool includes a former five-star tailback (Rushel Shell) and one of Deshaun Watson's backups at Clemson (Nick Schuessler)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said that although Tom Savage is the starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson will compete as well.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Finally … the Jets took a tight end in the fifth round (150), selecting Clemson's Jordan Leggett. This was a major need for the Jets, whose tight-end production the last two years ranked as the worst in the NFL. Leggett (6-foot-6, 255) is an ascending player who finished with 112 receptions, 1,598 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. He needs to work on his blocking and there are some durability concerns.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson players on the Texans' roster: WR DeAndre Hopkins, QB Deshaun Watson, NT D.J. Reader and now DT Carlos Watkins.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With the No. 142 pick in the draft, the Texans select Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins. Watkins showed off his athleticism last season and has good movement. Watkins played with D.J. Reader and joins new Texan Deshaun Watson as well.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Texans' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson; 2. Zach Cunningham, ILB., Vanderbilt; 3. D'Onta Foreman, RB., Texas.


Dolphins select CB Cordrea Tankersley

The Clemson corner is a playmaker with an impressive blend of size, length and top-end speed.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson poses for a picture with his mom, the woman he said he owes this all to.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Deshaun Watson holding his No. 4 Texans jersey for the first time.

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1dDavid M. Hale

Who's the ACC's next Ben Boulware?

Is there a defensive player in the ACC who can bring big hits and big personality in 2017? Miami's Shaq Quarterman could fit the bill.

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In going 12th overall to the Texans Thursday night, Clemson's Deshaun Watson became the sixth national championship-winning quarterback since 2006 to be drafted in the first round.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson called the moment he was drafted even better than the moment he won the national championship with Clemson because he finally is an NFL player.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson said he knew it was a possibility to go to Houston and that he is excited to play with fellow Clemson alum DeAndre Hopkins.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Smith said the Texans looked at Deshaun Watson and saw, "he's a winner. He's got that winning gene." He also praised his leadership.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson has some areas of his game that need to develop, but his leadership and toughness are key to the position. That sells in an NFL locker room. And the Texans can cater to his strengths this season by adjusting the game plan. Think more movement passes, QB designed runs and play action to put him in productive situations.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

You don't move up 13 spots to take Deshaun Watson unless you have unbelievable conviction that he can be your guy for a long time. The Texans will give Watson every opportunity to compete for the starting job as a rookie. This is an awesome challenge for coach Bill O'Brien.

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2dMatt Bowen

Why Deshaun Watson already has the respect of NFL vets

You want toughness? Deshaun Watson showed he has plenty at Clemson, taking hit after hit and popping right back up. That will immediately endear him to the veterans in Houston's locker room.

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2dSarah Barshop

Texans trade up, take QB Watson at No. 12

The Texans selected Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th pick in Thursday's NFL draft after a trade with the Browns.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Because I know you're thinking it: Combine the two trades, and the Texans traded the Browns two first-round picks, a second-round pick, a sixth-round pick and Brock Osweiler for DeShaun Watson and a fourth-round pick.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston trades up from No. 25 to No. 12. I was told Texans coach Bill O'Brien fell in love with QB Deshaun Watson during pre-draft workouts and interviews.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Two other players to consider at 12, both of them highly regarded: Safety Malik Hooker of Ohio State and tight end O.J. Howard of Alabama. One of them could be good enough to force the Browns off Deshaun Watson.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Williams' ability to make plays on contested throws is all over the tape. Great body control with the 4.5 speed to stack on top of defensive backs. Expect Philip Rivers to look up Williams as a top target inside of the 20-yard line.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

I saw a large Chargers contingent at Clemson's pro day in March. That was the day WR Mike Williams ran in the low 4.5s, helping to squash concerns about his speed.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Chargers taking another receiver off the board, in Mike Williams, the Rams' hope is that someone like John Ross or Evan Engram can slip. Thirty spots to go, so, doesn't seem likely. Chargers have a nice offense if Keenan Allen stays healthy.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

The Los Angeles Chargers select WR Mike Williams at No. 7 in this year's draft, add another playmaker for Philip Rivers.

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