IDP Draft Profile: Edge T.J. Watt, Wisconsin

Measurables

Age: 22
Class: Junior
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 252
Arm: 33 1/8″

Combine Results

40 yd dash: 4.69 sec
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 37″
Broad Jump: 128″
3 Cone: 6.79 sec

Other

SPARQ: 140.4
SPARQ NFL Percentile: 94.0
Awards: 1st Team All-Big Ten (2016), 2nd team All -AP (2016)
Games Watched: LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State

Strengths

T.J. Watt has a high football IQ, along with a great motor.  Those are two great qualities to have.  He displays very good hand use and placement.  Watt also has some nice pop to his punch.  He does a decent job in setting up OL with his pass rush moves, and he showed a nice “rip and under.”  He has decent bend and explosion.  Works very well in stunts and does a great job at crashing the line when an open DL.  Watt is somewhat fluid in space but well enough where he could also be an OLB in a 34 scheme, as well as a 43 RE, but will likely need to be on the open side.

Weaknesses

While Watt shows nice power to his punch, he needs to get stronger, especially at the point of attack.  Never really saw him overpower or bull rush anyone.  If he gets stonewalled with pure strength, he has issues disengaging.  Nitpicking a little bit but his pad levels need to be consistently lower.   If Watt moves to a 34 OLB, will need to develop better hips.

Overview

There is a ton to like watching Watt’s game.  His effort is non-stop, the IQ is there, and he is a character guy.  It does seem that his lack of pure strength could be an issue in the NFL, with him only putting up 21 reps on the bench.  That would cause some pause for a guy who is going to be taking on NFL talent where everyone is strong.  His hand placement is sound, and it helps him set up his pass rush.  He also seems a little wiry in the legs, and I wonder if that could be an issue in him becoming a speed to power rusher or vice versa.  Watt can play either 43 DE or 34 OLB, but because of his lack of pure strength, there could be questions about whether he is a three down player or not.  However, what Watt does not have in pure strength, he makes up for with an incredible motor and his IQ.  He is also an incredibly athletic player, as his SPARQ score indicates that he would be in the 94th percentile of current NFL EDGE players.

Watt can play either 43 DE or 34 OLB, but because of his lack of pure strength, there could be questions about whether he is a three down player or not.  However, what Watt does not have in pure strength, he makes up for with an incredible motor and his IQ.  He is also an incredibly athletic player, as his SPARQ score indicates that he would be in the 94th percentile of current NFL EDGE players.

Projection

Late Round 1 – Early Round 2

 

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