Packers Keeping An Eye On J.J. Watt

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J.J. Watt

The Packers are interested in Watt, but they're not alone.

The Green Bay Packers took a close look at Wisconsin Badgers defensive end J.J. Watt at the school’s pro day, on Wednesday.

Watt, who played in the 4-3 in college, looks like he’ll be able to transition to a 3-4 defensive end in the pros.

Watt, who opted to stand on his numbers from the combine, went through a 15-minute position-specific workout in front of scouts. He was smooth and fluid in his movements, and shows surprising fluidity changing directions. His athleticism is impressive for a man of his size, and he certainly has the ability to play defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 base defensive scheme. Interestingly, high-level executives from a trio of 3-4 teams (San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers) paid close attention to his workout, so it is apparent that could be in play from the middle of the first round down on draft day.

Watt is 6-6 and 292, so he has the size to play either defense. However, he’s projected as a mid-first round pick, so he’s unlikely to be available when the Packers select at No. 32.

While defensive line appears to be one of the Packers areas of need, with [intlink id=”163″ type=”category”]Cullen Jenkins[/intlink] likely leaving via free agency, [intlink id=”20″ type=”category”]Ted Thompson[/intlink] will have to make a trade if he wants to grab Watt.

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7 Comments on "Packers Keeping An Eye On J.J. Watt"

  1. Madcity Packer Fan

    There is no way this guy comes even close to irrelevant. He is smart, big, and fast for his size. I have been saying we need to get this guy all along! I hope the Packers trade for him or get the opportunity to bring him on board through the selection process. Casey Mathews would be another great addition as well.

  2. Robert

    okay wait….no there isnt a chance that J.J. will be irrelevant in the NFL, will he be dominate? nope, will he be a very steady high motor type? yep….if he play’s in the 4-3 system i think he will basicly be aaron kampman, he wont dominate good OT but he will wear them down and consistantly get 10-13 sacks a season, he can play the run very well probably the best DL man at batting down balls in this draft, if he plays in a 3-4 system he will be a guy who shuts down the run like Kiesel from the steelers. about casey matthews no we shouldnt draft him it’d be a cute story but….this is football you dont do things because they are cute

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