J.J. Watt scouting report

J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin

Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 292

Elite size and strength. A decent athlete for his size. Quick off the snap and has a nice array of pass rush moves. A much better edge rusher than most linemen his size. Does a nice job against the run; strong lower body allows him to hold up at the point of attack. Active in pursuit and has the instincts and speed to chase down ball carriers. A team leader with a great work ethic and overall intangibles.
Strength doesn’t match his size. Can be taken out of plays fairly easily when double teamed. Struggles to disengage from blocks when his initial moves don’t work.
Watt shot up the draft board with a dominant junior year. Few players with his size have the athleticism to be a consistent threat to get to the quarterback. He has the ability to play in a 3-4 scheme but I believe his skills are best suited for a 4-3 where he’ll see more one-on-one matchups, allowing him to be a more effective pass rusher. He’s a true three-down lineman and I wouldn’t hesitate to make him a 1st-round pick, possibly a top-10 selection.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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