Washington Redskins Schedule Visit With Wisconsin Linebacker T.J. Watt
By Ian Cummings
What would T.J. Watt provide the Washington Redskins?
Watt has drive on the field that is hard to match, and his length makes it hard for offensive linemen to control him. Wherever he goes, he’ll be a contributor almost right away. What Watt would provide to the Redskins specifically, however, is less clear.
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Watt excelled as an edge rusher at Wisconsin, but the Redskins don’t need another edge rusher, at least not in the first round. Although the suspension of Trent Murphy may have increased the need for short-term depth, the team still boasts a crowded linebacking room with talented players such as Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Junior Galette all available for use.
However, versatility is a necessity in today’s NFL. Therefore, Watt will undoubtedly be required to showcase his ability to play at any mid-level position. The Redskins will likely get a closer look at his inside linebacker potential when they bring him in for a visit. And regardless of the position he plays, Watt provides the Redskins with something they desperately need: A run stopper. Watt had a penchant for defending the run at Wisconsin, and the value teams place in that trait may be a factor pertaining to where he’s drafted. The Redskins could do far worse than Watt.