With the #11 pick the Houston Texans selected defensive end out of Wisconsin J.J Watt. The one time tight end that transferred to The University of Wisconsin from Central Michigan, looks to be the stout 5 technique the Texans will be plugging into their new 3-4 scheme.
For your information Rober Quinn (UNC), Nick Fairley (AU) and Prince Amukamara (Neb.) were still on the board. This is not a flashy pick, a safe pick, but a puzzling one all at once. Defensive end is not a position of need, there seemed to be more glaring needs for a defense that struggled to do anything right.
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Weight: 292 lbs.
Hometown: Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (12-5-09 at Hawaii, 10-23-10 at Iowa and 11-27-10 vs. Northwestern)
Wisconsin Team Co-MVP
2010 Lott Trophy
Associated Press All-American 2nd Team (2010)
SI.com All-American 2nd Team (2010)
Coming out as a junior, Watt received the Ronnie Lott Award for 2010 that celebrates the IMPACT Defensive player of the year in college and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award. In 2010, he finished with 62 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 7 sacks as a junior.
This pick to me is nothing more than a safe pick to hold the fort down on the defensive line. There were some impact pass rushers still available and with Aldon Smith coming off the board to the 49ers, one would think that the Texans were zeroed in on Robert Quinn.
The Texans' brass never seems to surprise and once again in 2011 when the board FINALLY fell in the Texans direction, and they might have laid another draft day egg. I hope J.J. Watt can help on the interior and create some pass rush, but I am still dizzy from this pick, especially with what was still left on the board.