With the 11th pick in the 2011 NFL draft the Houston Texans select DE J.J. Watt from Wisconsin. You know this pick was going to be a defensive player because the Texans defense last year was horrible. They ranked 30th in total defense. With the Texans now going to the 3-4 they need someone who can get to the quarterback. They need that threat opposite star DE Mario Williams. I really like this pick Watt ia a very tough football player who has a high motor.
JJ Watt has seen his stock soar after he quietly dominated the combine. Most people assumed he was only an average athlete coming into the combine, and after the combine shot up most draftniks boards. He put together a fairly dominating season at DE for the Badgers, and had his best performances in big games. He is scheme versatile and has the length, strength, athleticism, and hand quickness and ability to disengage from blockers you look for in a 3-4 end, and also the pass rushing abilities of a 4-3 end. Watt ultimately looks to be one of the safer defensive picks in the draft.