The 2017 NFL Draft was the first time since the NFL expanded its draft pool to eight teams that no team was selected in the first round.
There were a lot of high-profile moves, including the Jaguars, Chargers, Browns, Patriots and Panthers all selecting quarterbacks, but the most intriguing of all was that of the Houston Texans, who were able to get quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Kansas City Chiefs.
That move left many analysts wondering if Watson could be the answer for the Texans in the middle of the NFL’s second-tier, yet still relatively young, quarterback class.
Watson is an intriguing prospect, but one that could be a huge letdown if he doesn’t pan out.
Here are some of our predictions for the NFL draft: Houston Texans — QB Deshay Burnett, UCLAWatson could be an intriguing passer for the Houston franchise, but with a number of high profile quarterbacks that could leave the Texans with a hole at the position in 2017.
The Houston Texans are looking to add a quarterback to their offense, and they have some promising options on the board.
They have quarterback Deshoji Collins, a four-star prospect, who could potentially be the team’s franchise quarterback.
Collins has experience with the spread offense and is known as a very accurate passer with good accuracy.
He is also known for his toughness and willingness to take on a physical opponent.
He has a very good arm, but has also shown that he can have some struggles against bigger offensive linemen, which could be his downfall.
Collins could also be a quarterback in the NFL with some of the best arms in the draft, but he needs to add some more strength and power to his frame.
A team could also look to take a quarterback who is a dual threat in terms of physicality, as Watson is, and also has some experience throwing the football.
It will be interesting to see if the Texans can find a quarterback that is a fit for their offense and could provide the team with a solid option for the next several years.
Indianapolis Colts — QB Andrew Luck, LouisvilleWatson has shown the ability to be a good passer for a number for years now, but it was difficult to gauge just how good he can be with his size, quickness and arm strength.
It is unknown if he is a complete prospect, and he may need some time to learn the nuances of the spread attack, but Watson’s size, speed and arm talent could make him a top-tier prospect in the league.
Luck is a talented athlete with a quick release, but some questions still surround his physical ability.
He does not have the best arm or accuracy, but is also not the most physical player in the room, which would allow the Colts to give him a shot to compete for the starting quarterback job.
Cleveland Browns — WR Corey Coleman, LSUWatson, Collins and Coleman all possess the potential to be elite wide receivers, and while their lack of size, athleticism and speed could be liabilities, they have all shown the potential for making an impact on the field.
They are all big receivers that can make plays and are capable of putting up big numbers.
They will be the top-end receivers for the Browns in 2017, and if they are able to find a fit, it will be one of the top wide receivers in the next few years.
Tennessee Titans — QB Jake Locker, AlabamaWatson is not the only quarterback that has made some noise this offseason.
Other top-rated quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Andrew Luck and Carson Wentz all took big strides in the last few months.
However, Locker was able to make a name for himself as a college quarterback with his impressive performance in the SEC championship game.
Locker has an incredible arm that allows him to get the ball out quickly, but there is still a lot to be desired about his overall game.
He did show some flashes of being a quality passer in the early portion of the season, but then he suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the lineup for a few weeks.
Tennessee also has a few other intriguing quarterbacks that are also in the running for the job, including Florida State’s DeShone Kizer, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Clemson’s Deshone Kincaid.
Both Kizer and Winston have some issues to work through, but could be capable of developing into a top prospect if they take steps forward.
Kansas City Chargers — RB Leonard Fournette, LSUThe Chargers have an interesting situation with their running back position.
Fournettes decision to return to LSU for his senior season was a big one for the Chargers, and it seems like it will have a major impact on how they approach the running game going forward.
Furdes decision to come back was a massive one for San Diego and will likely have a big impact on where the team will look to draft in the future.
Finesse running back is one of those skills that teams need to draft, and the Chargers were able find a