Days before the Cleveland Browns clash with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com provided several insights on what transpired in the Browns’ green room on draft night.

According to the insider, the Browns had Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and Watson as their top three quarterback prospects [VIDEO] – probably in order - before they eventually decided to trade the No.12 pick to the Texans in exchange for a future 2018 first-round pick. Cabot added that some in the Browns front office lobbied to draft Trubisky at No.1 overall. The pick was eventually used to select Myles Garrett, the defensive end out of Texas A&M.

So why the Browns snubbed Trubisky, Watson?

The Browns apparently bypassed drafting a quarterback in the first round because they believe the 2018 draft class will feature superior quarterback talents than Watson. Cleveland was also ecstatic in adding the Texans’ 2018 first rounder to their current stash of high picks for the next draft (two first rounders and three second rounders). The front office is confident these assets will put the team in better position of selecting a franchise-changing quarterback in case DeShone Kizer isn’t a long-term solution at that position.

Face-off with Watson

Sunday’s showdown with Watson’s Texans marks the second consecutive year the Browns face a team that features a rookie quarterback whom they ‘snubbed’ in that year’s draft. In 2016, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz lit up the Browns as he threw for 278 yards with two touchdowns.

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The Browns also had the opportunity to select Wentz in last year’s draft, but the team didn’t view the North Dakota State product as a future top-20 quarterback. Wentz followed up his outstanding rookie season with an MVP-worthy performance through their first five games, covering 1,584 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

Watson meanwhile is boasting the league’s 7th best rating at 100.7 with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He became the first rookie to record at least five TDs in consecutive games after throwing for 261 yards with 5 TDs in a loss to the Chiefs last week.

Watson’s hot performance is making the Browns look bad and his former coach look good in the process. In an interview with Cleveland.com during the Senior Bowl, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said it would be like passing on Michael Jordan when asked if the Browns bypassed on Watson in the draft. So far, that’s the case and Watson could give Browns fans more sleepless nights with another big game. #Browns Rumors #Texans Browns #Bears Rumors