Motor. The most common and overrated comment made about any and every player in the NFL Draft. However, with the Watt brothers, it is allowed. Finished his Junior season (1st full season) with Wisconsin at a high level with 63 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Has great length for the position. Fast hands and camouflaged strength. Strikes fast and early to create leverage points. Functional in space when asked to cover. Attacks blockers with early arm extension and utilizes push-pull technique to upset their balance.
Time on the field. This can be considered a weakness or perhaps a strength. For some he may not have the experience needed, but for others they may be getting him at his launch point. Not the quickest of guys. Made up for it in college with strong hand movements. Won’t generate enough acceleration to crank up speed-to-power rush with consistency. Plays with a narrow base. Pass rush arsenal is limited to only a few moves. Pass rush menu will need more options against NFL tackles. He is a bit too aggressive at times when rushing the passer, and breaks contain.
How He Fits
Can I just say because he is a Watt and from Wisconsin? I think it is safe to say that defense is the main priority not only heading into the draft, but Free Agency. Nick Perry is a free agent and Clay Matthews seems to only be a shell of his younger self. Not to mention he is holding the front office hostage for over $15 million this year. Kyler Fackrell showed some small flashes last year when he was on the field and could be another option moving forward. Needless to say, this team needs someone to run with Perry & Matthews for the time being and to eventually be the heir to the position.
Watt’s a 3-4 OLB to the core. He could maybe be a 4-3 weak side DE, but TJ is at his best when standing up and attacking off the edge. And this defense needs to attack. As terrible as the secondary was last year, it sure would have helped if the opposing team didn’t have time to read the newspaper before throwing the ball.
Watt would be an excellent fit at a position of desperate need for this team. Depending on what Mr. Thompson does in the offseason via Free Agency, I would expect to see a pass rushing OLB/DE drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. And who better than a high motor, Wisconsin-born, Watt!
Late 1st to Early 2nd
The talent is there. The size is there. The measurables are there. The only thing that T.J lacks is the experience. But expect a team to make a jump at him with the insurance of the last name. Watt can you say? It’s all in the name.