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J.J. Watt (DE)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    290 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 in.
  • Hand Size:
    11 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Wisconsin
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 11 (11)

Pick Analysis: Wade Phillips' defense is predicated on bringing a pressure off the edges, but a strong interior presence is needed to make it happen. Watt is an ideal five-technique with the strength and power to dominate offensive tackles at the point of attack. He not only improves Houston's rush defense but gives them another high-motor player to incorporate into the pass rush.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.84 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Watt is an ideal fit as a strong side 4-3 defensive end but some may like him more as a 3-4 end. A hard-working, intelligent, relentless player. Uses his hands extremely well to get off blocks both rushing the passer and against the run. Doesn't possesses great initial quickness but closes hard and fast on the quarterback and has enough straight-lined speed to pursue from the backside. Good height, fast hands and great anticipation allow him to bat down a ton of passes. Watt will give you everything he's got and is certainly a first-round selection.


Strengths

Watt has a good combination of size and speed. Takes direct routes to the quarterback, uses his hands well to get unblocked and shows a closing burst. Knocks down a lot of passes. Great hand usage against the run as well, keeps blockers off away from his frame and locates the ball-carrier. Outstanding football IQ. Non-stop motor.

Weaknesses

Won't consistently get the edge on tackles with his get off or quickness. Plays high at times, can be blown off the ball by the double team, but does fight hard to hold ground. Lacks some lateral mobility both rushing the passer and playing in space. Will occasionally give up outside contain.

Grade

8.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Texans take J.J. Watt No. 11

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 09:21 p.m.

    The Houston Texans select Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

  2. First draft: J.J. Watt

    Published: March 24, 2011 at 07:23 p.m.

    Find out what inspires Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt as he prepares for the 2011 NFL Draft.

  3. 2011 combine workout: J.J. Watt

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:28 p.m.

    Watch Wisconsin DL J.J. Watt perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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