Re: Selection 1.11: JJ Watt DE Wisconson
I can't believe I am about to say this, but I love the pick! The Texans actually got one right - probably because this was Wade's pick. I don't like Wade that much as a HC, but you can't argue with his success as a DC and he knows how to pick players for his D. My guess is sans Wade, they would have taken Prince. Thank goodness they didn't make that mistake.
I admit I would have taken Quinn, but Watt was my 2nd choice. I did not want Prince or Fairley. I saw too many red flags, and they are boom or bust. And truth be told Quinn has medical red flags as well, and he is boom or bust too, but I just have a gut feeling that Quinn is going to be special. I was also thrilled when SF took Aldon Smith. I didn't like him at all.
Watt, while maybe the safest pick in the draft is also perhaps one of the better picks in the 1st round. Safe doesn't always mean bad. The guy has one of the highest floors in the draft imo. I would be absoutely shocked if he is not a 10+ yr impact starter. And with the busts this team has taken year after year on defense, you have to like that. Smithiak simply does not have a clue on how to draft defense. Wade's biggest contribution may be in getting some real talent in here on defense.
And whomever said this means the end of Mario is smoking crack. That is not going to happen. But I do think this means the likely end of Babyface Okoye. I don't know if he has any value, but if they could salvage a 4th or 5th rd pick in this draft for him, I would take it as they may be forced to just release him otherwise.