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Scouting the NFL Draft: T.J. Watt

The younger brother of the Houston Texans megastar is an intriguing prospect entering the 2017 NFL draft.

The NFL is full of family trios: The Manning’s, the Gronkowski’s, the Matthew’s, and now the Watt’s?

 

With the NFL draft approaching brothers JJ and Derek may see another addition to their football family, their younger brother TJ.

 

The freshest Watt out of Wisconsin is projected to be a late first round, early second round draft pick. Will the Giants pick him? Let’s examine.

 

The 6’4”, 250-pound linebacker is considered one of the top edge rusher in this year’s draft class. Joining the Badges in 2013, T.J. Watt was recruited as a tight end. Due to a knee injury early in his college career, Watt only played two seasons for Wisconsin. Prior to the 2015 season, he was asked to switch to linebacker. In that short time, Watt was able to total 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 6 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles, earning him first-team All-Big Ten honors and an invite to the NFL Combine.

 

In Indianapolis, Watt produce a 40 time of 4.69 seconds and recording 21 bench reps. Scouts like how he is a consistent, vicious tackler who plays to the whistle. However, like his brothers, injuries are a concern for TJ. He is also inexperienced, after only starting for one season at Wisconsin, and is smaller than most top pass rushers.

 

If he is capable of gaining a few pounds and staying healthy for next season, Watt has a chance to be one of the top defensemen. Surrounding Watt with top veterans like Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul, TJ holds the potential to become the next JJ. If this guy is still around in by the Giants second pick, he should be snatched up.


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