J.J. Watt Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'6 - 292 lbs.|
2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Watt has great size and a frame that can add more weight and muscle. He has a great awareness to bat down passes, fill running lanes and pressure the quarterback. He's not especially skilled at disengaging in blocks and creating pressure, he just plays so tough, the game naturally comes to him. You also see good strength and quickness in bull rush. Watt has great intangibles, including his work ethic and leadership. He has a ton of special teams experience and is very durable.
He needs to continue to improve his athleticism and gain experience on the finer nuances of the game such as understanding plays and reading the offense. Since he plays so aggressively, he runs himself out of position. Due to his scheme versatility and intelligence, he could play multiple positions along a four-man front.
Finished 2010 with 61 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. Watt was named to the 2010 All-Big Ten first team.
Against the run, he is adequate at containment and occupying double teams. Coming off the line, he does well using his hands to attack blockers and swipe away their hands and arms. He will need to continue to develop, add weight and possibly learn a new position at the next level because he fits almost anywhere in any 3-4 or 4-3 defense.
At the 2011 NFL Combine, he finished amongst the top five in the broad jump, bench press, vertical jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
Watt projects as a first-round lock in the 2011 NFL Draft with a strong potential to be selected amongst the top 15 picks.