3. Deshaun Watson
Another first-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft has joined the AFC North this offseason as well. Deshaun Watson hasn’t played a snap since the 2020 season when he was a member of the Texans and if he’s able to play this year, that rust will likely show in the early games.
As of now, however, Watson’s potential suspension has rumored to be anywhere from four to six weeks or indefinitely, which would take him off the field for the entire season.
When Watson did last take the field, he led the NFL in passing yards but the Texans finished the season with just four wins. He’s obviously a talented quarterback but a looming suspension paired with the fact that he hasn’t taken a regular-season snap since 2020 made it easy not to have him higher than this.
The three listed already aren’t good enough quarterbacks to be ranked ahead of Watson. If he plays, this division will have three solid starting signal-callers and it’ll make things a lot trickier for the Bengals moving forward.