The Chiefs could’ve avoided scheming for one of the the game’s hottest players, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

They could have drafted him in April.

Deshaun Watson a Kansas City Chief, and waiting in the wings?

Patrick Mahomes a Houston Texan, and starting?

It might’ve happened. But after both teams traded to improve their first-round positions in April, the Chiefs took Mahomes at No. 10 and the Texans followed with Watson at No. 12.

Watson believed the Chiefs were a possibility for him on draft night.

“They were high on me,” Watson said. “I took a visit there; it was a great visit. I kept an open mind throughout the draft process.”

Neither player regrets how his professional life has unfolded so far.

Watson is soaring. After becoming the Texans’ starter in the second half of their opening game, he has improved every week and is coming off a sensational performance with four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown — just the third rookie in NFL history to accomplish that feat — in a 57-14 crushing of the Tennessee Titans.