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J.J. Watt

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J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt #99 of the Wisconsin Badgers rushes against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19.

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Rankings:

Offense: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C
Defense: DT NT DE Hybrid DE/OLB OLB ILB FS SS CB
Special Teams: K P RS LS

J.J. Watt Measurables:

Position: Defensive End
School: Wisconsin
Year: Junior
Height: 6-6
Weight: 290
40-Yard Dash: 4.85

Strengths:

  • Excellent size with good strength and decent athletic ability
  • Long frame and wingspan
  • Has a great first step, quick off the line
  • Gets consistent penetration through gaps
  • Has a good bull rush and a solid rip move
  • Holds up to double teams
  • Sheds blocks well
  • Solid against the run
  • Violent tackler
  • Relentless player who plays with tremendous intensity
  • Versatile lineman who can play on the inside or outside
  • Good character and leadership skills
  • Has a knack for blocking kicks

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn't possess great natural pass-rushing skills
  • Needs to develop a larger variety of pass rush moves
  • Inexperienced, still learning the position
  • Lacks elite speed and agility

Bottom Line on J.J. Watt:

J.J. Watt has the ideal makeup of a left defensive end in a 4-3 defense or the five technique end position in a 3-4. He also has the versatility of sliding inside on passing downs. He holds the point of attack well against the run, and is also a decent pass rusher. He should develop into a solid starter in the NFL

Projection: Despite not having elite athletic ability, Watt has the size and potential to slip into the later part of the first round.

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