Draft Watch: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

ESPNDallas.com looks at potential Cowboys picks for the April 28-30 NFL draft.


Position: DE

School: Wisconsin

Scouts Inc. ranking: No. 12 overall

Bio: Earned the 2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy, an honor for the nation’s top defensive player in which character is measured equally with performance. … Finalist for Bednarik and Hendricks awards, second-team All-American, consensus first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten and team MVP as a redshirt junior. … Originally signed with Central Michigan as a tight end and transferred to Wisconsin as a walk-on after his freshman year. … Had 106 tackles (36.5 for losses), 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 14 passes broken up, one interception and four blocked kicks during two seasons for the Badgers.

Size: 6-5 3/8, 290

40-yard dash: 4.84

Arm length: 34 inches

Hand: 11 1/8 inches

225-pound bench reps: 34

Vertical jump: 37 inches

Broad jump: 10-0

20-yard shuttle: 4.21

Three-cone drill: 6.88

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Ohio State, Michigan and TCU games): Will line up on either side of the defensive line. In this scheme will sometimes stand up in a two-point stance. … He is a hard working defensive end with size and length. Doesn’t have the technique skill of Cameron Jordan but is the type that is going to get you with effort and power. Plays stronger than Jordan at the point of attack but is not as fluid of a moving athlete. He actually is a little stiff. … His game is really built on power and desire. Makes plays because of effort. Is the type that keeps coming after you. … Uses arm under or rip moves to free himself. Has a knack for knocking passes down at the line of scrimmage. If he doesn’t get home on the rush will use his long frame to get into throwing lanes. … Like Jordan, will move inside as a three technique. Some avoid with quick inside move to beat man. Likes to spin as well but will get caught and moved out of the hole at times. Scheme will allow him to be used on the twist stunt but it wasn’t his best avenue to the passer. … Able to retrace his steps to the ball carrier when rushing up field but was disappointed to see him miss some tackles in space. Will need to develop some pass rush moves but overall strength and effort are outstanding. … He is the perfect body type for what Bill Parcells wanted in a 3-4 defensive end.