Replacing: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Watson told reporters last week that he’s “trying to pull a big three. I won a state championship, won a national championship. So, of course, I’m trying to get a Super Bowl.” To check that final title box, the fourth-year pro needs to have an MVP-level season — which, in turn, would put him in this spot. Watson, who has a 101.0 career passer rating, has shown improvement in each of the last three seasons, culminating in a career-high 33 total touchdowns last season and his first playoff win — in which he and the Texans overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to top the Buffalo Bills in overtime in the AFC Wild Card Round. The magic abruptly ended against Patrick Mahomes the following week. Then, in the offseason, Bill O’Brien traded away Watson’s biggest, most reliable weapon (DeAndre Hopkins). Without the perennial All-Pro receiver, Watson will have to be the guy and make things happen on the regular. Watson is fully capable of establishing himself among the position’s elite, and I think he will.