TJ Watt- OLB Wisconsin

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Day Two Rusher: Part IV. 

By TOM

He had two knee surgeries. He is a one-year wonder, who garnered 11.5 Sacks and 15.5 TFLs last season. I like his relentlessness. "This guy just plays his tail off," a scout said. "Boy, does he have technique. He’s Clay Matthews. Probably more explosive. Uses his hands well. He finishes things better than his brother did. I think he’s special." He plays with great explosion moving forward as his top five numbers in the vertical leap and broad jump showed.

It must be noted that he was top five in five athletic drills at the Combine. And that he was a 3-4 OLB only at Wisconsin. He measured out top five in burst, quickness, and COD, and he worked out with the LBs at the Combine not the DLs. That makes those quickness and COD numbers much more impressive. He will be DE/OLB edge guy in the NFL. Athletically he is one of the top five Edgerusher freaks in this Draft.

He also dropped into coverage a lot, and didn't struggle in space. "In general, I just wanted to show that I could play in coverage," Watt said. "A lot of coaches know I can play the run. They know I can rush the passer, but a lot of questions are how I look in space. Can I drop to the curl? Can I drop to the flat?" He looked smooth and natural zoning the box. He came out of nowhere to be great in 2016:

2016 Season: Earned second letter, starting all 14 games at outside linebacker ... finished with 63 total tackles, including 38 solo stops ... logged 15.5 tackles for loss ... had 11.5 sacks, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history ... logged career-high 11 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack at Michigan on Oct. 1 ... recorded career-best 3.5 TFLs, including 2.5 sacks, as part of 6 tackles at Michigan State on Sept. 24 ... had 1.0 sack and returned first career interception for a 17-yard touchdown at Purdue on Nov. 19 ... finished with 1.5 sacks and 6 total tackles at Minnesota on Nov. 26 ... had 1.5 sacks and 5 total tackles at Iowa on Oct. 22 ... had 7 total tackles in season-opening win over LSU at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3 ... logged 1.5 TFLs and 1.0 sacks as part of 4 total tackles in Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Penn State on Dec. 1 ... had 1.0 sack and 4 total tackles in win over Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.

He got the thrill of a lifetime when was worked out at his Proday by two HOF LBs turned coaches (Kevin Greene and Joey Porter). "I'm just trying to be a sponge," Watt said. "Like I've said throughout this whole process. and anytime you're getting coaching tips from guys like that, you're gonna have to take it in and try to translate it to your game." He took to their coaching.

He paid attention and learned a few things. "Obviously working with two really, really, really good football players like those guys, picking up as many minute details on the game as possible," Watt said. "Little details on the field, they were noticing in my drop. They say, 'Just lower your hips a little bit more. Get your hand on your defender before you look back.'" That is why he is going to get better as a Pro.

When he isn't thinking, and just attacking and reacting he looks like a 1st round pick. Great arc agility to turn the corner while the OT is pushing and shoving him. When he stops moving he can get into trouble fast. He always plays with his hands up looking to shove anything that moves. He is one of the top guys in this Draft using his hands to keep blockers off his shirt.

He was at his best when he could just blast off and turn the corner into the QB. He can reach out his big mitt and grab the QB's shirt as he throws to cause the incompletion. "Obviously at the combine, you have eight or so weeks to prepare for those specific drills. You know what drills you're going to be doing," Watt said. "But at the pro day, you don't know what drills they'll be having you do. So to be able to learn a drill real quickly and drop in space without much preparation. Show your true colors and how you can move in space." He is not 6-5. 

He can spot the RB in the backfield coming to block him, and break inside the OLT and pressure the QB. "Like I've said from day one, it really doesn't matter where I'm at on the field as long as I'm on the field," Watt said. "Versatility is the number one thing that keeps you in the league and if you can find multiple ways of staying on the field, whether it's special teams. I think that's an incredible asset to have." He has toughness and awareness on the edge in the the rush and against the run.

He does a good job getting his hands on the blocker and pushing him up in the run game. He will drop back into coverage sometimes, but his pedal needs some work. Nice job slicing past the RB in play action, and then riding the TE to the QB. Terrific bendability. Tough, and can take a licking and keep on ticking. He is an all out all the time guy. I like the way he moves on the field. He has that twitch and quicks you want in an Edge guy. Better moving forward and backwards than side to side.

I just don't see how he goes in the 1st Round. "He could," Mayock said. "The easy comparison is Clay Matthews. He’s an edge rusher who fits best into a 3-4 system. He has a similar game to Clay an edge who can drop in coverage and has a motor that just won’t stop." That is a big risk to me. 

He is too risky in the 1st. Had two knee surgeries in college. Looked smaller than his listed size and weight, and is a little thin. He needs to add weight and strength. Not bad moving backwards. He was a one year wonder who really struggled to stay on the field for three season. He can look a little stiff sometimes. He has amazingly only played OLB for two years in college. "Lost 2014 season and spring practice prior to 2015 season to separate knee injuries. Switched from tight end to outside linebacker prior to start of fall camp in 2015 and went on to play in all 13 games." He was recruited as a TE, but he did play on both sides of the ball in high school, and was a TE/OLB: 

2015 Season: Earned first letter, playing in all 13 games … part of unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 13.7 points per game ... recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, and broke up three passes … made two tackles at Nebraska on Oct. 10 … posted 0.5 TFL in Holiday Bowl vs. USC on Dec. 30 … recorded 0.5 TFL vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … logged first career tackle with 0.5 TFL vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 12 … made Badgers debut vs. Alabama on Sept. 5.

Additional Notes:

Illinois: He burst through the middle of the line, and caused an INT against Illinois. They move him all over the field. He is a 3-4 OLB who was effective rushing form both edges. Pure stand up rusher. He pursues like a bankrupt bounty hunter. He is the guy the O-linemen flows over to double naturally. Much better moving forwards than backwards, but he has some quick feet in his pedal. Not real nifty in traffic, but fast when he has a straight line across the field to the RB. 

2016: First-team All-America (ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated), second-team All-America (AP, CBS Sports, FOX Sports), first-team All-Big Ten (consensus), Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25), Academic All-Big Ten. Played in 27 games with 14 starts during two seasons on field ... recorded 70 tackles, including 17.0 for loss and 11.5 sacks.

Michigan: He is an edge rusher. He was a stand up OLB solely last season. Nice job getting his hands on the ORT and escorting him all the way outside and hitting the RB on the numbers. Nice quick feet moving laterally. He can use his hands and feet to fight off the triple team in the rush, where the ORT, FB, and RB all give him a shot. Nice job holding the point, and really needs to be doubled to get pushed back. He will stop rushing and spy the running QB sometimes. Nice job shoving off smaller blocker and slashing inside into the RB. 

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 28 tight end by ESPN, No. 44 by Scout ... ranked as the No. 9 recruit from the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 11 by ESPN ... threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... also recorded 42 tackles and five sacks as a senior.

Previously Released: Watt is a guy who plays bigger than he looks. He is best out in space, and can get caught in traffic inside. Very light on his feet. "This guy just plays his tail off," a scout said. "Boy, does he have technique. He’s Clay Matthews. Probably more explosive. Uses his hands well. He finishes things better than his brother did. I think he’s special." He is a one year wonder who always seemed to be fighting forward, even when they run the ball to the other side and he has no chance. He will drop back into coverage as well.

He always uses his hands, even when he is running by a blocker. He is great at playing with his hands and feet in balance. He can hold up the double, with his hands and feet, at the end of the line. He can run past the double team in the pass rush. "I don’t see him in the first round," a different scout said. "He's a solid backup-rotational type player. I don’t think he’s a definite starter on any team. He may eventually because of the intangibles, effort, the way he plays the game. But not just on pure talent." I love the way he plays with his hands up. He played stand up OLB in Wisconsin's 3-4. He can knock the bigger blocker back with a two-handed shove, knock him a yard off, and tackle the RB. He is usually better rushing the QB, but can play the run well sometimes. Nice heavy hands. 

TJ Watt VS LSU:

He played OLB on both side. Watch the way he always played with his hands up. He is always looking to stab and jab at blockers with his hands (:12). He is so slick on the edge. It looked like he got overwhelmed and then he burst between two blockers to tackle the RB (:21). He saw the jet sweep (:33). Watch the nice speed and agility as he rode the blocker outside to stay in front of the WR. Then got in on the tackle. That is some terrific athleticism. 

He used his hands to jam the TE. Then watch how he used his hands to shove off the FB and Rip past him to the QB (:46). He hopped past the TE and tried to burst inside to the RB (1:09). He does get stuck in traffic a lot. He likes to go up field, and when he has to drop to get an angle he often doesn't (1:17). He took on the double from the two bigger blockers (1:27). He held up the point just long enough for his teammate to charge in and get Fournette. 

He set the edge, and then moved laterally down field to try and get in front of the RB (1:37). He faked the blitzed, watch how he got all the way over to the other side of the field to try and stop Fournette (1:47). Watch the heavy hands. That is what is going to make him successful in the NFL (1:59). He jammed the TE back with his powerful shove, and then moved laterally with some quicks and got Fournette.

He fought thorough the double team to try and set the edge, then got pulled. He tried to spin back outside, but was dragged down (2:08). He set the edge, and then tried to move inside and got tackled (2:23). Here's what he does best, he got up field. He burst past the ORT. Then ran past Fournette as the QB threw the ball (2:31). He faked the rush (2:41). Then like all 3-4 OLBs have to do, he dropped into coverage.

He slid past the TE. Then watch the burst past the FB and he had a path to the QB (2:51). He beat the OLT with a great burst upfield. Then ran past him with a Rip, and hit the QB as he threw to cause the misreception (3:01). Once they know the opponent has to throw he is unstoppable (3:28). Watch the great burst inside to find a lane to the QB. If he doesn't get tripped up that is an easy Sack.

He ran to the QB's depth, then stopped and shoved the OLT and turned straight to the QB (3:41). He tried to slice inside and got hammered in the knees (3:50). He dropped, and picked up Fournette in coverage. He ran with him pretty well until they ran off screen (4:01). And that's all folks. 

Watt Vs LSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o81cSkU3Y58

TJ Watt VS Akron:

He is just one of those guys who looks faster than everyone else on the field (:01). Again, you can't leave him unblocked on the backside (:07). They like to move him around a lot. He was always looking to put speed to power, and shove off with both his hands (:16). He has some interesting quicks and quick feet moving backwards in coverage (:31). He would over think too much sometimes (1:03). He is a guy who learned from his brother that he always needs to be working on his technique.

I just did Tim Williams Tape, and like Williams he was always at his best on the move. When they stopped to think instead of react, they lost all their great athleticism (1:23). He will get sealed outside when he doesn't have speed (1:32). Speed to power. Than he hands become stronger. He can pull the OT to the ground and slingshot himself into the QB (1:44). He played twitchy behind his eyes in coverage (1:54). As long as he was moving he was fine.

He is a great stunter inside, where he can run under everyone and gain speed (2:01). Nice job setting the edge, and shedding when the RB broke inside (2:16). He used the inside arm only to put speed to power (2:26). He set the edge, and got the OLT's inside shoulder (2:48). 11-Tech. He used the angle and made the OLT think he was going outside. Then the nice burst inside, and putting speed to power to shed him (2:58). He can use speed to power to shove the ORT into the QB (3:08). His game was really mostly speed to power.

The stack and shed, and then he dived to the RB (3:32). He dropped back to zone the Box as the ILB blitzed (3:55). He was so good at pursuing from the backside (4:03). He turned to drop, and watch the great chuck of the slot WR (4:14). Watch how he used his long arms and speed to power to put the OLT on skates. Then he shed him and sacked the QB (4:23). As long as he was moving he looked like an NFL player.

He really has some nice quick feet moving backwards (4:36). Nice angle drop looking back at the QB (4:58). He dropped. Changed direction inside. Shed the blocker. Then knocked the QB down short of the marker. That was some nice defense (5:07). Nice quick swim inside, to bring the OLT away from the edge (5:17). He opened up the gate for the outside blitzer.

Watch the quick twitch burst inside. Then he ran the (reverse?) arc under the stunt, and hit the QB with some speed (5:24). Watch the blast off that put his hands into the ORT's chest to get him off balance. Then he slapped down to get his hands off his shirt, and shed (5:36). Watch the arc agility as he was shoved past the QB, and still turned easily into him.

Was that an instant replay. Speed to power, hands and hand technique, and great balance and arc agility are his game (5:45). He slid over nice to the middle, and saw the RB come out of the backfield, and covered nice nicely in the zone (5:58). Another zone drop. he does not look out of place zoning the box (6:07). They finally let him blitz (5:36). And the O-line panic in the shift to his side that they release a free blitzer to hit the QB to end the game.

Watt Vs LSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERL_TfqOAc

Watt's Bio:

Honors and Awards:

2016: First-team All-America (ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated), second-team All-America (AP, CBS Sports, FOX Sports), first-team All-Big Ten (consensus), Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25), Academic All-Big Ten. 

2015: Academic All-Big Ten

Notable: Lost 2014 season and spring practice prior to 2015 season to separate knee injuries ... switched from tight end to outside linebacker prior to start of fall camp in 2015 and went on to play in all 13 games

Career: Played in 27 games with 14 starts during two seasons on field ... recorded 70 tackles, including 17.0 for loss and 11.5 sacks

2016 Season: Earned second letter, starting all 14 games at outside linebacker ... finished with 63 total tackles, including 38 solo stops ... logged 15.5 tackles for loss ... had 11.5 sacks, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history ... logged career-high 11 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack at Michigan on Oct. 1 ... recorded career-best 3.5 TFLs, including 2.5 sacks, as part of 6 tackles at Michigan State on Sept. 24 ... had 1.0 sack and returned first career interception for a 17-yard touchdown at Purdue on Nov. 19 ... finished with 1.5 sacks and 6 total tackles at Minnesota on Nov. 26 ... had 1.5 sacks and 5 total tackles at Iowa on Oct. 22 ... had 7 total tackles in season-opening win over LSU at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3 ... logged 1.5 TFLs and 1.0 sacks as part of 4 total tackles in Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Penn State on Dec. 1 ... had 1.0 sack and 4 total tackles in win over Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2

2015 Season: Earned first letter, playing in all 13 games … part of unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 13.7 points per game ... recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, and broke up three passes … made two tackles at Nebraska on Oct. 10 … posted 0.5 TFL in Holiday Bowl vs. USC on Dec. 30 … recorded 0.5 TFL vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … logged first career tackle with 0.5 TFL vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 12 … made Badgers debut vs. Alabama on Sept. 5

2014 Season: Did not play due to injury

2013 Season: Redshirt season

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 28 tight end by ESPN, No. 44 by Scout ... ranked as the No. 9 recruit from the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 11 by ESPN ... threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... also recorded 42 tackles and five sacks as a senior 

Game-by-Game Tackles (Solo-Assist=Total):

2015 SEASON: vs. Miami (Ohio) (0-1=1); Troy (1-0=1); at Nebraska (1-1=2); Rutgers (0-1=1); at Maryland (1-0=1); vs. USC (0-1-1)

2016 SEASON: vs. #5 LSU (4-3=7); Akron (3-0=3); Georgia State (1-1=2); at #8 Michigan State (3-3=6); at #4 Michigan (8-3=11); #2 Ohio State (1-4=5); at Iowa (4-1=5); #7 Nebraska (1-2=3); at Northwestern (2-0=2); Illinois (0-3=3); at Purdue (1-1=2); Minnesota (4-2=6); vs. #8 Penn State (3-1=4); vs. #12 Western Michigan (3-1=4)

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