J.J. Watt to Houston Texans: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 28, 2011

J.J. Watt fits right into Wade Phillips' Texans 3-4 defense as an end, as he provides the versatility to line inside or outside against an offensive tackle. Scouts rave about The Associated Press second-team All-American’s hands like he's Bruce Lee, after blocking four kicks and countless more throwing lanes as a defensive end at Wisconsin.

The 6-5, 290 lb. Badger doesn’t jump off the snap with incredible speed but missiles through the trenches after launch. Watt collected seven sacks during his senior year and displayed a savvy that could make him the best run-stopper among defensive ends in the class.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper believes NFL linebackers could love Watt.

“He’s stout at the point (of attack), strong against the run, can free up your linebackers and give you just enough of a push. With his height and his wingspan and his work ethic and his passion, he’ll get into throwing lanes and he’ll sack the quarterback.”

J.J. Watt will add a critical element to the Houston Texans' pass rush. Much was made about their poor secondary, but a player like Watt can make those defensive backs look all the much better when he attacks the quarterback.