Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has touched on the lack of interest from the Chicago Bears during the 2017 NFL Draft.
Houston drafted the former Clemson quarterback the year after he led his university to a national championship. The Texans selected Watson with the No. 12 overall pick. The Bears held the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 draft. They could have taken Watson or last year’s Super Bowl-winning QB Patrick Mahomes.
However, Chicago passed on Watson and selected a different quarterback instead. The franchise drafted UNC-Chapel Hill quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick, and the Texans took Watson off the board two selections later.
On Sunday, Houston will face Chicago for the first time since Watson’s draft selection. The quarterback spoke to reporters on Wednesday, and said he wasn’t sure why the Bears weren’t more interested in him in 2017. The quarterback had just won an NCAA title, but past some short conversations at the scouting combine, Watson barely spoke to the Bears.
When asked his thoughts on why the Bears weren’t interested in him, Watson shared a short and simple answer.
“I have no idea,” Watson said, as reported by the Houston Chronicle‘s Aaron Wilson.
DeshaWatson Says There’s ‘No Motivation’ Gained From Chicago’s Disinterest
One may think Deshaun Watson would be fired up to face the team that passed on his services in 2017. For some players, it would be extra motivation to perform well against their opponent. Yet, Watson isn’t buying into that train of thought. In fact, he says it’s no motivation at all and he respects Chicago’s decision. Additionally, he says that it’s more of a talking point for their fans than anything.
“No, it’s no motivation. It’s what the organization went with,” Watson explained. “For those fans of course they’re going to say something about it. They did what they did. No motivation.”
For reference, Trubisky’s career has been filled with some ups and lots of downs during his time with Chicago. Earlier this year, the Bears traded for veteran quarterback and Super Bowl winner Nick Foles. They brought Foles in to give Trubisky some competition at his position. With Foles’ arrival, Trubisky has been on a tight leash this season. By Week 3, Chicago benched him mid-game, and Foles came in and led the Bears to a comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
Outside of a season-ending injury during his rookie campaign, Watson has been solid for the Texans. He led Houston to back-to-back wild card playoff spots and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2018. So far this season, Watson has thrown for 3,542 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only has six interceptions. Bears fans will get a glimpse of what could have been on Sunday if the franchise went a different direction with their No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.