Pittsburgh Steelers Film Room: Outside Linebacker T.J. Watt

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The Negatives

While Watt has good traits and size to his frame there are some negative aspects to his game. These aspects will need addressed at the next level for him to have success.

First off, he has had injury issues in his college career. After redshirting in 2013, he injured his knee ending his 2014 campaign before it started.

After coming back healthy in spring of 2015, he suffered an injury to his other knee causing missed time. This injury wouldn’t cost him the entire season, however, as he played in all games that season as a backup linebacker.

After the injury history, you have his lack of experience. He has only one year of starting experience. While he did put up impressive numbers, the one year of experience will cause concern in NFL teams.

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T.j. Watt is also a developmental pass rusher as he transitioned from tight end when he began his Wisconsin career. He showed promise but his technique will need improved.

Watt will need to add to his repertoire when it comes to pass rush moves to compete against starting NFL tackles. He is a strong player but will need to gain even more strength to be able to hold his own at the next level.