T.J. Watt declared for the NFL Draft after his junior year at Wisconsin, and he could end up staying at home not just for college, but for professional football too.
The linebacker, who’s the younger brother of J.J. Watt, is projected as a late-first or early-second round pick in most mock drafts. The Packers own the No. 29 overall pick, making them a possible destination. It seems like Watt, who grew up in Pewaukee, Wis. would be just fine staying close to home.
“Lambeau Field is a special place, it has a special place in my heart,” Watt told Packers.com at the 2017 NFL Combine,” just because growing up I would go up there with some buddies and watch the games. It was just a crazy atmosphere. It was an atmosphere like I’ve never experienced before. The fans came out, and it was just an unbelievable day.”
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock connected the dots in an interview with The MMQB’s Peter King before the combine.
“The easy comparison is [Green Bay’s] Clay Matthews,” Mayock said. “He’s an edge rusher who fits best into a 3-4 system. He has a similar game to Clay—an edge who can drop in coverage and has a motor that just won’t stop.”
SI.com’s Emily Caplan projects him to go just one spot after the Packers, at No. 30 to the Steelers. Land of 10’s latest mock draft has him going to the Cardinals No. 45, while WalterFootball’s most recent mock projects him to the Chargers at No. 38.