[UPDATE] I don’t hate this pick. I have nothing against Watt. He’s certainly not an exciting choice, but he’s a great fit for the team, and if defensive guru Wade Phillips says he’s the guy, then fine. I just wanted Robert Quinn and Cameron Jordan more, that’s all. Just like I preferred Dan Williams and Devin McCourty last year, and just like I preferred Clay Matthews the year before. I’m sure Watt will be fine – but I’m seriously intrigued at Quinn’s high ceiling, and Jordan’s versatility.
That said, who can blame the Texans for going after a “safe” pick? They needed a sure thing, and Watt just may be a sure thing to be a solid to very good NFL player.
Better this (in my opinion) than Prince Amukamara. But I would have preferred Robert Quinn or Cameron Jordan… and Nick Fairley, but the Texans would never take him.
Initial thoughts… safe pick. Quinn has WAY more upside, but the Texans are terrible at drafting defensive players, so I guess it makes sense that they’d take a guy who they are sure can at least be a good player.
Watt has the proverbial relentless motor, but where does he play in Wade’s 3-4? He seems to be a sure thing to be a 5-technique DE. It will be interesting to see what the plan is going forward. But again, I must stress – yawn.