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Before he was a Texan, Deshaun Watson "fit" in

Deshaun Watson fit in with the Texans, before he was a Texan.

The Clemson quarterback visited NRG Stadium a few weeks before the NFL Draft, and general manager Rick Smith was impressed with Watson's football acumen. But his dealings with the men who would soon become his teammates was also a key.

"It meant something to me, too, when he came to our building and I watched him sit and talk for 30 minutes with different players," Smith said. "Players would continue to come up to the table and talk to him and be engaged. It seemed to me to be a really good fit and solidified what I thought about the young man."

Watson, who helped guide the Tigers to a National Championship in 2016, said he'll blend in well with the Texans.

"My personality and the way I carried myself was just a great fit for the team," Watson said. "I just can't wait to get down there and get to work."

That eagerness was a selling point for head coach Bill O'Brien. When Watson was in the building on the visit, he meshed well with the coaches.

"He met with our whole offensive staff," O'Brien said. "It was impressive. He was able to learn plays. Teach the plays back to us."

The Texans entered the night with the 25th overall pick, but dealt it and next year's first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th overall selection. They scooped up Watson, and it wasn't a big surprise.

"I knew it was a possibility," Watson said. "But I didn't know it was going to happen like this. To trade up like they did and believe in me, it's amazing. It's hard to even talk about. I'm so stoked. It's so surreal. It's a blessing."

Watson and his family will be in Houston on Friday for an afternoon press conference.

Check out the best photos of QB Deshaun Watson during his time at Clemson.

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