J.J. Watt scouting report

J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin

Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 292

Strengths:
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.
Weaknesses:
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.
Comments:
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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