Over the next week or so a lot of underclassmen will be declaring for the NFL Draft. Some of them will be first round picks, some of them will go undrafted. It's a pretty hard process to get a handle on. One player that doesn't have to worry about whether or not he will get picked is Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
Watt has declared for the draft, and figures to be picked in the top half of the first round. He has become a high riser after originally joining the Wisconsin team as a walk on. He certainly has the talent and motor to play at the next level, the only question is where.
Now teams will have to determine where he plays. Is he 4-3 end or a 3-4 end? He may not have the power base to consistently hold the end on a 3-4 or the athleticism for the 4-3.
The Redskins could use help all over their defensive front, but I'm not so sure that Watt is a good fit. I see him more of a 4-3 pass rusher in the John Abraham, Jared Allen mold. He doesn't appear to have the size to play defensive end in a 3-4, which is really almost like playing defensive tackle. That is not his specialty. In a 3-4, Watt would be closer to an outside linebacker than he would a defensive tackle, and he definitely doesn't have the athleticism to play there.
Watt is a good player, but I just don't think he fits a pressing need for the Redskins.