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Deshaun Watson Worth 'At Least' 3 1st-Round Draft Picks in Trade, Per NFL Exec

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2021

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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NFL executives believe Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is worth at least three first-round picks on the trade market.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, an anonymous NFC exec said: "Oh yeah—he's worth at least that. The haul would be pretty insane."

Fowler noted that other NFL front office people agreed, and some reasoned Watson could command even more draft capital than that, depending on how high the first-round picks are.

A Watson trade is a growing possibility given the obvious lack of trust he has in the organization.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is one of many to have reported that Watson is unhappy about the fact that he was not consulted about the team's hiring of former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as general manager.

As a result, Schefter reported that sources within and close to the Texans organization believe Watson will not play another snap for the team.

Texans CEO Cal McNair has gone into damage control in hopes of retaining his franchise quarterback, though, telling John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he reached out to Watson and wants him to be part of the process of hiring a new head coach.

If a trade does happen, Watson figures to be among the most highly sought-after players on the trade market in NFL history.

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He is a 25-year-old franchise quarterback coming off a career year, as he completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions to go along with 444 yards and three scores on the ground.

While trading Watson would essentially be a worst-case scenario for the Texans, they could use some draft capital after trading their first- and second-round picks in 2021. That includes the No. 3 overall pick, which belongs to the Miami Dolphins because of the Laremy Tunsil trade.

Fowler noted that the belief among NFL front office people is that Watson is worth at least three first-rounders because Tunsil, safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Jalen Ramsey were all traded for two first-round picks in recent years.

While all of the aforementioned players are among the best at their respective positions, Watson is one of the best players in the NFL at the most important position, meaning the Texans should receive quite a haul for him.

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