Commentary

Rookie Watch: Watt suits Texans well

Originally Published: November 16, 2011
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.

The Texans are going to be without QB Matt Schaub for the rest of the season. What effect will it have on what might just be the best team in the AFC? No one knows for sure.

What we do know about this team is that it is extremely strong on defense. And J.J. Watt is a major reason.

Watt has the perfect build for a 3-4 defensive end -- and he should continue to add a little more bulk and strength. He has great height and long arms, and he isn't short on strength or explosive movement skills.

Although he plays a little high at times, Watt can run well for a player his size. In the Texans' version of the 3-4, the ends are asked to be penetrators and disruptive upfield players rather than two-gap players who occupy space. That fits Watt very well, although he does use his hands well enough to handle the latter chore as well. Watt is a better player right now versus the run than the pass; he can handle a downhill run game right at him and is also able to make plays in pursuit from the backside.

He needs to build an array of pass-rush moves, but he is a difficult guy to throw around and does a nice job disrupting throwing lanes. Watt has been a great find for the Texans. And now, more than ever, they are going to need him.

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