NFL Predictions: When Will The Top 2017 Rookie QBs Start?

Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Deshaun Watson (Clemson) is selected as the number 12 overall pick to the Houston Texans in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Deshaun Watson (Clemson) is selected as the number 12 overall pick to the Houston Texans in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Deshaun Watson (Clemson) is selected as the number 12 overall pick to the Houston Texans in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Deshaun Watson (Clemson) is selected as the number 12 overall pick to the Houston Texans in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)

Ironically he’s the most experienced and proven quarterback in the class and was the third one taken off the board. No doubt that Deshaun Watson already has a gigantic chip on his shoulder before he’s even taken a pro snap. That won’t bother the Houston Texans. They already love his qualities as a leader. Getting him extra motivated is just icing on the cake. The tricky part will when they should be able to unhook the leash and turn him loose. Yes, he’s experienced but he also has a learning curve in that complex Bill O’Brien system.

Then again it’s not like the competition is especially fierce. Brandon Weeden is not a threat, kept around simply as an experienced backup. That just leaves Tom Savage. He has the upper hand for the moment due to his knowledge of the offense. However, he really hasn’t done much to show anybody he should be the outright starter. Not yet anyway. Of the three quarterbacks listed, Watson may be in the best position to seize an early chance to get on the field.

Predicted appearance:  Opening day vs. the Jaguars