Teams moving T.J. Watt around during pre-draft workouts

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T.J. Watt opted to forego his final season at Wisconsin in order to join his two older brothers in the NFL and there are plenty of people who think that he’ll do that before the first round of the NFL draft is over next month.

Watt’s been making visits with and working out for teams recently in order to make his case for coming off the board at that point in the proceedings. Watt told NFL.com that he has worked out for the Cowboys, Lions and Patriots with another scheduled with the Panthers. Watt also said he has a visit scheduled with the Redskins.

Watt played outside linebacker in Madison, but said that teams have also put him through the paces at inside linebacker and on the defensive line during his workouts.

Versatility should only help Watt’s chances of being selected in the first round, although the pass rushing ability he showed during his time at Wisconsin would do plenty to help teams even if that’s his main contribution at the professional level.

16 responses to “Teams moving T.J. Watt around during pre-draft workouts

  1. Interesting that the Patriots without a pick till number 72 would kick the tires on a player projected to go in round one. I don’t think BB is done wheeling and dealing quite yet.

  2. damcmp says: Mar 31, 2017 12:47 PM

    he can be a one trick pony like JJ

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    Not a Texans fan or a JJ Watt fan either, but this doesn’t make any sense.

  3. damcmp says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:47 PM
    he can be a one trick pony like JJ

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    If his one trick is the ability to get into the backfield at will like his brother, he should be just fine…

  4. I think there are 32 teams that could use a guy that can be called upon at any point to fill one of five spots in the front seven. That kind of versatility, having 5 positions helped out by one reasonable salary, is what smart teams lust for.

  5. damcmp says: Mar 31, 2017 12:47 PM

    he can be a one trick pony like JJ

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    One trick, like pass rushing, batting down passes, intercepting the ball, running for TD’s, catching TD passes… you mean one trick like that…??? Somebody’s a trick and it is not JJ…

  6. bobthebillsfan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 2:33 PM
    So there is JJ and TJ. Who is the third, JR?

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    Who else would it be? BJ, duh.

  7. imodan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 1:11 PM
    Interesting that the Patriots without a pick till number 72 would kick the tires on a player projected to go in round one. I don’t think BB is done wheeling and dealing quite yet.

    not necessarily…lots of teams have lots of players in for lots of reasons…Bellichick is probably just getting notes on him for the future, after he bombs on the team that drafted him and he signs him to a one-year vet deal to get a ring, like so many others…

  8. imodan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 1:11 PM
    Interesting that the Patriots without a pick till number 72 would kick the tires on a player projected to go in round one. I don’t think BB is done wheeling and dealing quite yet.

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    Well when they said they were not going after Mixon there were questions about what they would do with that pick they didnt have anyhow. Maybe this.

  9. damcmp says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:47 PM
    he can be a one trick pony like JJ

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    Tearing through the line and wrecking the play is a very useful trick if you are doing it over and over.

  10. I’m afraid teams are looking more at the guy’s last name, than they are the video tape. Just like I’m sure Derek Carr got pushed into the second round because his name was Carr. I admit, it’s hard not to think about the big brother the whole time you’re watching tape. I actually thought T.J. Watt looked more like J.J. (Jarvis Jones), than J.J. Watt.

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