2011 NFL Draft - Houston Texans
Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
Posted Apr 30, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Houston Draft Breakdown

First Round 
11 (11) Houston Texans
DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
6-5, 290 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 11 CFN Overall Ranking: 16

Put him on the other side of Mario Williams and turn him loose. He's in a great position considering he doesn't have to be the main man on the Texans' line, and now he gets a chance to use his great motor and his pass rushing skills to become a terror in the backfield. Yeah, he went from being a walk-on to the 11th pick, but career path worked out for Clay Matthews.

CFN Analysis: The ultimate story of rags to riches, Watt started out his career as a skinny tight end at Central Michigan, decided he wanted to try making it at Wisconsin, walked-on, got a LOT bigger, and became one of college football's most productive all-around defensive linemen. He plays with a passion and doesn't take a play off, and with his combination of motor, size, and quickness, he's the prototype 3-technique defender. He's not going to dominate athletically at the next level and doesn't have flash speed, but his raw strength is phenomenal and his work ethic will never be a question. At the very least, he'll bust his tail to try to be good, but there could be a hard ceiling on what he can become once he can't just get by on want-to.
CFN Projection: First Round
Second Round    
OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona (DE) 6-2, 263
Overall Pick No. 42 CFN Overall Ranking: 170

A motor guy who's good, but not as good as many made him out to be after a good senior year and some strong workouts. Many see his hair and think he's Clay Matthews; he's not. He's like a lesser Ryan Kerrigan who's always working and always trying to get into the backfield. Red hot coming into the draft, many thought he'd be a first rounder by the time draft day came, but the Texans are going to be fired up to get him here after getting J.J. Watt in the first round. He's Houston is going with the 100 mile per hour guys in an attempt to start hitting the quarterback more often. The 3-4 conversion is complete.

CFN Analysis: Insanely strong, he's a big, physical defender who has the size and the toughness to work on the line as a pass rushing 4-3 end, and he's just fast enough to be a decent outside linebacker. With a good fire and a passion for the game, he brings the want-to and the work ethic, fighting to do whatever he needs to. He's missing the raw athleticism to ever be great, and he's not going to do anything in pass coverage, but he can be a functional starter who comes up with a nice career if he's surrounded by better linebackers.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Second Round
CB Brandon Harris, Miami 5-9, 191 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 60 CFN Overall Ranking: 39

Great value, and considering Houston needed a corner/nickel, it had to trade up with New England to get this pick because the defensive backs are totally mediocre after him. Very fast and very solid, he might not be a Pro Bowl talent, but he's physical against the run and he's an instant starter who'll help the Texan defense right away. He might not get the hype of the other defenders the team drafted, but he'll turn out to be just as productive for what the D needs.

CFN Analysis: Unlike the other top corner prospects in the draft, Harris is lacking the bulk to go along with the speed. He plays fast and looks the part on film, but his 4.44 is just good enough to get by, and he came up with a 4.51 in some dashes. Nice against the run and with the look of a No. 1 cover-corner, he does a little bit of everything well, and he's more talented than advertised with a great attitude and the want-to to be special. Already good, he'll be even better once he gets NFL-level coaching. The overall skills might not be there compared to Patrick Peterson and the other star corners, but he's a bust-proof starter who will take away one side of the field.
CFN Projection: First Round
Fourth Round   
CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech 5-10, 192
Overall Pick No. 127 CFN Overall Ranking: 113

CFN Analysis: While he plays fast and he's known for being a speed corner, he didn't time well at the Combine with a slowish 4.51. Very quick, he managed to make up for his mistakes with his athleticism coming up with ten picks over the last two seasons. While he's not all that big, he's tough against the run is more than happy to get physical against the bigger receivers. However, he's not a great tackler and can't move over to safety. Coachable, he'll do whatever is needed to help the team, including on special teams, and he should eventually be a strong nickel or dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round    
SS Shiloh Keo, Idaho 5-11, 219
Overall Pick No. 144 CFN Overall Ranking: 136

CFN Analysis: A terrific college player who went almost completely unnoticed, he did a little of everything for an abysmal Vandal defense. A great baller, he's not fast and he doesn't have the raw measureables, but he's extremely quick, a great hitter, and he's as experienced as any player in the draft with 54 games logged in. Extremely strong, he came up with 24 reps on the bench and he brings the A effort on every play, but he needs to get in better overall shape and can only function close to the line. A below-the-rim player who won't do provide much help on deep plays and in pass coverage, there's a limit on what he can do. There's a little bit of an attitude issue and he'll be a bit limited to just being a strong safety in the right scheme, but he'll make a ton of plays and he'll be a big part of a run defense.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round 
QB T.J. Yates, North Carolina 6-3, 219

Overall Pick No. 152 CFN Overall Ranking: 115

CFN Analysis: Watch him against LSU in the 2010 opener or against Tennessee in the bowl game and he looks like a can't-miss prospect. He was in total command of the Tar Heel offense at times and he's ready to go right away in a pro style attack and potentially produce. However, it seems like it takes two days for his passes to get to the target and he got dinged around way too often. He has the upside to take a flier on late and hope for a lesser-armed Matt Schaub.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Seventh Round   
OT Derek Newton, Arkansas State 6-5, 311
Overall Pick No. 214   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
A right tackle only, Newton is a good athlete and he can get to the next level, but he's not going to handle any pass rusher with any sort of speed and quickness. While he has good size, he's not a blaster of a run blocker and he isn't going to blow anyone up, but he has just enough talent and moves well enough to deserve a good look.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round  

Seventh Round
DE Cheta Ozougwu, Rice (OLB) 6-2, 247
Overall Pick No. 254   CFN Overall Ranking: 254

CFN Analysis: Way too small, he's not going to do much against the run, and without the athleticism to be a top outside linebacker, it'll be hard to find a place for him. However, he never, ever misses a tackle and is smart enough to always be in the right position. Good enough in off-season workouts to get on the radar, now he has to translate his good statistical college career into a role in some way. He'll get erased by anyone who blocks him, and there's nothing impressive about his game at an NFL level, but he'll stick on quickness and hustle.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round