Teams with 3-4 defenses pay close attention to Watt

Published on March 10, 2011 by     Seahawk Fanatic

A huge NFL contingent of 90 people representing every team, including Super Bowl XLV coaches Mike McCarthy and Mike Tomlin, turned out to watch the Badgers perform indoors on FieldTurf at Wisconsin’s pro day.

J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi and Lance Kendricks were the headliners, and they didn’t disappoint with their performances. Each built on the momentum created by their strong showings at the NFL Scouting Combine, and the buzz will certainly continue following their workouts Wednesday.

Watt, who opted to stand on his numbers from the combine, went through a 15-minute position-specific workout in front of scouts. He was smooth and fluid in his movements, and shows surprising fluidity changing directions. His athleticism is impressive for a man of his size, and he certainly has the ability to play defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 base defensive scheme. Interestingly, high-level executives from a trio of 3-4 teams (San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers) paid close attention to his workout, so it is apparent that could be in play from the middle of the first round down on draft day.

Carimi also garnered a lot attention at the workout, as teams continue to assess his ability to project as a left tackle. Based on his workout, he doesn’t look out of place playing on the blindside. He showed good footwork and lateral quickness in drills, and his body control is surprising given his frame. Although he might experience some problems against speed rushers, teams will certainly start him out as a left tackle and move him to the right if he falters. Regardless, he comes away from the workout viewed as a first-round lock.

Kendricks improved his numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.50 seconds) and vertical jump (38 inches), while measuring in at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds. He looked more explosive in his routes, and showed good quickness and body control getting out of breaks. He also caught the ball cleanly with his hands and did a good job of tracking the ball with his eyes. Although he had a few drops during the workout, his hands and receiving skills shouldn’t be a concern for interested teams.

John Clay and John Moffitt also deserve a mention for their performances. While neither drew rave reviews, they showed signs of improvement from their combine performances. Clay, in particular, ran a better a 40 (4.72) than his combine time and was more consistent catching the ball in drills. Moffitt, who measured in at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, performed in position drills only.

Quarterback Scott Tolzien measured 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, and put on an impressive performance in the workouts. This year, in helping lead the Badgers to the school’s first Rose Bowl appearance since 2000, Tolzien completed 73 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. In Big Ten play this season, Tolzien completed 81 percent of his passes against the blitz.

Wide receiver David Gilreath measured 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. For Gilreath, the pro day performance was important, given he did not participate in workouts at the combine. Gilreath ran 4.41 and 4.40 in the 40, jumped 33.5 inches in the vertical, had a 9-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.23 short shuttle and posted a 6.50 3-cone drill. In addition to playing receiver, Gilreath returned kicks for the Badgers, including a game-opening touchdown on a return in the Badgers’ upset victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16.

Wide receiver Isaac Anderson, who also did not participate in the combine workouts, measured 5-foot-9 and 174 pounds. Anderson ran 4.44 and 4.48 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump, 4.15-second short shuttle, and a 6.92-second three-cone drill.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

Rice

Seahawks bring back receiver Sidney Rice

Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice ...
122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...
140403chancellor660

A happy, water-filled birthday to Kam Chancellor

Thursday is Kam Chancellor’s 26th birthday, and the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety is asking you to celebrate by ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz