Every NFL fan has a certain wishlist during the draft. It could be the player they think their favorite team needs, a sleeper nobody else believes in or their favorite college player.
Wisconsinites who root for the Badgers on Saturday and the Packers on Sunday fall in to the last category.
Green Bay has the 29th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and it’s looking more and more likely that the team could use it to select Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt. This would be a dream come true for both Watt, a Pewaukee, Wisc. native, and for Wisconsin fans.
According to draft experts, it’s a dream that could very well become a reality.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky wrote an article earlier in the week about why Watt “makes sense” for the Packers in the first round. It’s more than just the popularity that would come with the pick.
Forget that Watt would be a popular pick because of his Wisconsin roots; he’s ready made for a 3-4 defense like Capers runs. Unlike some pass rushers that Thompson has taken — Perry chief among them — Watt wouldn’t have to make a position switch from defensive end, giving him a better chance to make an immediate contribution.
In addition, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had Watt going 29th overall to the Packers in his final mock draft before the real thing kicks off Thursday night.
We’ll find out if Watt has a future in Green Bay sometime around midnight. But it might be worth getting your hopes up, Wisconsin/Packers fans.