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T.J. Watt Thought He’d Be Drafted By Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers and former Wisconsin Badgers linebacker T.J. Watt thought he was going to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

In other words, just like the rest of us.

Watt was sitting there when the Packers’ first-round pick came up at No. 29. The Packers were in need of another pass rusher. Did logic dictate the day?

Not exactly. The Packers traded their pick to the Cleveland Browns for the first pick of the second round and first pick of the fourth round. Not a bad trade in terms of value. Not a great trade in terms of need.

The Packers’ pass rush has been abysmal this season.

What did Watt think? He thought the Packers were going to take him.

“I thought it was a legitimate possibility that I could go to Green Bay but they didn’t want me and I’m just happy the Pittsburgh Steelers called me next,” Watt said.

Exactly. Watt went to the Steelers at pick No. 30.

They probably couldn’t believe the Packers passed and he was there.

Obviously, the Packers took cornerback Kevin King with the first pick they got from the Browns. They took linebacker Vince Biegel — Watt’s college teammate — with the second.

We haven’t seen enough of any of these guys to judge how this worked out. In fact, both of the Packers’ picks have been dealing with injuries of one degree of severity or another.

What we can tell you is Watt has started all nine games, this season. That can’t be said for the Packers’ duo. Biegel has only played in three after a foot injury and King has started five of eight, missing one due to injury.

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  1. Gort November 22, 2017

    Just another bad decision by the leadrship team. TT probably gets input from several people, so fire all of them.

    1. Kato November 22, 2017

      Far from a bad decision at this time. Let’s wait and see after a couple years before making a call on this

  2. Ferris November 23, 2017

    Everyone on the planet thought Ted was drafting him…except for Ted of course. If Biegel stays healthy he could be a steal though. In 3 years we’ll see, King and Biegel vs Watt in success.

  3. PF4L November 23, 2017

    Well, you can take the 2 or 3 year wait and see approach. Or you can look at what they’ve actually done. The wait and see approach is what people use for when they still have hope that the players will ascend to a higher level.

    But lets combine Kings and Biegel stats just for shits and grins against Watt’s.

    King and Biegel accumulated for 31 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 int, 4 PD, 0 FF.

    Watt has accumulated 33 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 int, 5 PD, 0 FF.

    If given the opportunity, would you right now, trade King and Biegel even up for Watt?

    I’d roll the dice with the playmaker.

    1. KILLER November 23, 2017

      Piffle! Use of facts to make your argument? You HAVE entered foreign territory!

      I’m no TT defender but… what if he’d picked up the 4th round pick and Watt was still there top of rd 2? Yeah, probably still would not have taken him. But I will also say that when it comes to “need” that CB was likely a greater need than OLB.

      And, one more argument here: Yes, Watt has better stats than King and Biegel combined… but… would he have if the Packers drafted him rd 1? Think about that — much worse supporting cast and inferior coaching as compared to the Steelers. Had he been selected by the Packers he likely would only have 2 sacks and 1 PD and no INTs. But maybe more tackles as the Packers get run all over…..

      1. PF4L November 23, 2017

        Good to see you back lonely boy. Looks like they let you out for Thanksgiving….SWEET!!!!

        My advice to you Gomer, is to get ready for the annual queen meltdown.

    2. Kato November 23, 2017

      What are Watts stats minus the first game? I mean, you use that argument for Mike Daniels lack of impact too. Let’s at least be objective. Minus the first game, Watt’s stats are 26 tackles and 2 sacks in 8 games. Hardly a playmaker. I am not sure Watt would have had much of an impact, at least early in GB. He wouldn’t have been a starter, and maybe would play 30% of the snaps. Kevin King was always going to start for this team, almost out of necessity. I say, right now, King is the better pick.

      1. PF4L November 23, 2017

        Sorry, i look at results, and what have you done.

        I don’t want to hear about if we take away this game, this player missed this many games because he was injured, yadda, yadda, yadda……

        Yes, King was going to be a starter. In place of Randall and Gunter, Bugs Bunny would start for this team.

        I’m a Packer fan, i’m getting tired about hearing what players might be in the future, this team needs some players who can actually make some fucking plays, on the field….now.

        Need a reminder? Go look at the stat line of all the defensive players against the Falcons in the playoffs, if you don’t see all zero’s after the tackle stat, come talk to me.

      2. PF4L November 23, 2017

        LOL, Daniels, like i need to argue that point?

        Someone said on here, and i’ll leave out his name, that 12 million a year for Daniels….was a bargain!!!

        Somebody else said we should trade or sit Rodgers, and go with Hundley. Yea….seriously.

        A lot of experts around here…lmao, I’ll defer to my history of post and stand behind them.

        This place is damn entertaining sometimes. :)

  4. MJ November 23, 2017

    I lean towards waiting for a year or two before assessing the performance out our 2017 draftees. Remember a few years back when the Steelers drafted Leveon Bell, and Lacy fell to us? In their rookie season Lacy was the better player. However, after 2014 it went down for Lacy and Bell became half the offensive power in PIT. Turns out they chose the right guy. But in the light of the 2013 season it didn’t look so. Therefore I’ll hold my judgement for a season or two on the King+Biegel vs Watt case.

  5. PF4L November 23, 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving …to all and their family and friends.

    Be safe.

  6. Gort November 23, 2017

    Agree with that. Everyone be safe, be thankful for all our blessings, and don’t eat as much turkey as I will!