Video: Wisconsin Edge T.J. Watt Sack Compilation Highlights

In an effort to provide you as much information as possible when it comes to the top edge-rushers in the 2017 draft class, I am currently putting together as many sack compilation videos as I can between now and the end of April and especially when it comes to players who the Pittsburgh Steelers might select in the first two rounds.

While I won’t be able to track down every career college sack for every top player that I highlight in this series, I should be able to find a good majority of them for you to examine.

In this compilation video, we’ll look at Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt, who more than likely doesn’t need to be introduced to any of you. Watt will likely be selected somewhere during the second day of the draft.

Watt registered 11.5 total sacks in the 27 games that he played in at Wisconsin dating back to 2015 and all of them came last season. Fortunately, I was unable to track down all 11.5 of them for you along with several replays of each.

Please note that 3 of the quarterback take-downs in this video went down as half-sacks, according to Watt’s game stats. All of them are included in this video and shouldn’t be hard to identify.

Please notice the quality of each sack in addition the amount of time from snap to tackle and feel free to comment on Watt’s sack compilation below.

Previous Sack Compilation Highlights
Carl LawsonTakkarist MckinleyTaco CharltonTyus BowserSolomon Thomas
Jordan WillisCharles HarrisTim Williams

  • CP72

    I like TJ. Spent some time at tight end and is still learning the position. His combine numbers we’re ridiculously good. Having an offensive background and great combine #’s makes me feel comfortable about him dropping into coverage

    Probably the things I liked most about his highlights were his eyes on the QB and high motor. Give me a highly athletic guy that’s going 100 mph and we can figure out the rest later.

  • WreckIess

    That was my biggest issue with Watt. He’ll spend most of the game getting stalemated or just beat up by the tackle then he’ll have a sack in a game like the ones you see in the video where his technique is perfect and he just manhandles the guy in front of him, but never any consistent pressure. That reflects more on how raw his is and if he can get some coaches to work with him he could be a great pass rusher. It doesn’t see like the two ACL tears have affected him much from a physical standpoint (or at least nothing has come out) so I’d put him as one of the lower end EDGE options for us at pick 30.

  • falconsaftey43

    That’s a pretty good assessment of him. Has all the athletic tools, flashes them on tape, and they showed at the combine. But he’s super raw right now having only played defense 1 year. Athletic ability and motor will help him have year 1 impact, but not as much of one as a more refined guy like Harris or Lawson, but his upside is huge.

  • WreckIess

    Exactly right.

  • spicyitln

    Considering in Steelers scheme an OLB has to Edge Rush, Hold Edge on running plays and drop back in coverage Watt and Reddick are better equipped than some of the converted DEs…. I like him at 30…. The fact he can play both OLB and ILB is a plus….

  • spicyitln

    Dont see Harris being successful dropping back in coverage, he is a great choice for a pure edge rusher…..

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    Looks decent but most of his sacks come on the same side as Dupree. Can he play the other side well.

  • falconsaftey43

    Why not? He looked fantastic in the coverage drills at the combine. He’s a very smooth/fluid athlete. He’s not very fast, but they don’t ask the OLBs to do anything crazy or to really run with guys like they do the ILBs.

  • popsiclesticks

    I don’t understand how so many people were unimpressed by McKinley’s and even Bowser’s sacks but are trying to talk themselves into TJ Watt. I agree that Bowser’s weren’t very impressive, but to me this has so far been the least impressive of the series.

    He’s insane athletically, but I think the Watt name is pushing this guy higher than he’d typically go.

  • CP72

    I think Bowser is more of an off the ball 4-3 guy.

  • VinHuddle

    Completely agree with your comments

  • falconsaftey43

    Many of his sacks were hustle plays or interior blitz, and those are good indicators of being a great pass rusher. BUT, there are multiple sacks on this real where he shows great hand use, and a really good bend around the edge. Those are good indicators of pass rush ability. Did he show them consistently? No. But he flashed those abilities, and is a fantastic athlete. Bowser, didn’t flash those abilities but has the athletic upside to hopefully do those things. McKinley flashed some abilities (great first step and burst) but also repeatedly showed a lack of flexibility (which was backed up by his combine numbers).

    Simply put, Watt had a couple very impressive sacks that are good indicators of potential. Bowser had pretty much none. McKinley had a few, but his weren’t as impressive as Watt’s and his athletic profile back it up.

  • spicyitln

    Simple edge rushing is only 1 aspect of what an OLB in a 3-4 has to do…. Tackling ball carrier(holding edge) and dropping back in coverage also are important…So trying to plug in a converted DE could be a problem…

  • kdubs412

    If it weren’t for his injury history I would really like Watt at 30. Great length and athleticism, and he can both speed rush and bull rush effectively already, really impressive given that he’s relatively new to the position. The ACL tears do freak me out a little bit but his ceiling is right up there with anybody from this draft class.

  • Sam Clonch

    Scared of his injury history. 3 knee surgeries already. Eek.

  • JohnB

    Just want to give a big thanks to the Depot for these compilations. I appreciate the time/effort. Its such a relief to watch these without some annoying trap music playing in the background.

  • popsiclesticks

    But we’re talking purely pass rushing abilities here on these sack compilations.

    Watt is a conversion, as well.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    I love Watts upside but boy is he raw. A few good sacks but most were scheme sacks. I want an EDGE rusher that can win on day one. We have guys that can play the run and spot drop and be successful at a moderator level. We need home run hitters on the edge. See Philadelphia, Seattle and Denver.

    With that in mind, all of these guys have Warts. Tak is raw and can’t bend, Lawson is perfect minus the injuries, Watt is raw, Harris is perfect but there are ? About his athleticism, Rivers is a non power 5 DE and Bowser is Bud Dupree 1.5- raw but an Uber athlete that can play in coverage. Willis has A+ production and has elite athleticism but is he a 4-3 end.

    Based on ability to bring edge pressure on film, I’ll take Harris. Based on upside, give me Watt, Rivers, Willis or Bowser. Based on upside and production, give me Willis.

  • popsiclesticks

    Interior blitz is an indication of great pass rushing ability? I’m not saying that’s wrong because I don’t know, but I wouldn’t have thought that. Wouldn’t that show a guy that isn’t great at creating his own pressure?

    And let’s not act like the others aren’t also hustling after the QB. We didn’t call them hustle sacks when Jarvis was getting them…those were plays that broke down. For all Watt’s hand skills, he’s almost never getting quick pressure against an OT and he seems to depend on fighting off of blocks once they get onto him. He’s also rarely getting any special attention, at least in this video (which makes sense as it’s a sack highlight but I’d expect to see a few).

    It’s opinion and I’m fine with ending it at a disagreement, but I think McKinley had more impressive sacks than Watt. He’s also beating tackles inside and outside. Guess we’ll see…I know he’s (Watt) really raw.

  • Michael James

    Sorry, but Watt is as raw as it gets. Literally the only two things speaking for him are his athleticism and bloodline.
    Right now I only consider Lawson, Harris and Rivers as possible first round EDGEs for the Steelers. Maybe Willis, too.

  • Alan Tman

    I like Watt better than most, because I love the athletic ability and I will bet on his teacher to have him better than the others before the season starts.

  • D.j. Hoy

    Not so sure he’ll be able to overpower NFL Tackles with what looks to be his only ‘move’ – the arms straight out bull rush. He’ll be eating grass 10/10 times if he tries that against Villanueva in Training Camp.

  • Alan Tman

    You don’t think that his brother will get him technically sound?

  • Milliken Steeler

    My only concern, is his multiple surgeries already. He tested out well and he has the pedigree.

  • falconsaftey43

    I have a lot of hope/optimism that he’ll learn and greatly refine his technique (not sure what impact his brother would have on that vs coaches/he is just has a good work ethic). His upside is huge if he gets better technique, which I think is pretty likely. I’m just acknowledging the fact that there are more refined guys in the draft that would have more impact year 1 is all. I’d be very happy with Watt at 30, in fact he’s one of my preferred guys.

  • falconsaftey43

    haha, sorry I didn’t type what I meant there. meant interior blitz/hustle AREN’T good indicators of pass rush ability. He had lot’s of those, but mixed in were edge rushes where he showed a lot of what you look for (bend and hand use). Those were the good indicators of pass rush ability.

    Biggest thing with Watt over McKinley and Bowser is Watt shows you that great bend to dip under the tackle. The other two do not. Bowser’s combine numbers suggest he might be able to, but that’s not shown on tape. McKinley’s combine numbers suggest he’s probably never going to be very good at that, just like his tape shows. Overall, I think Watt had a couple of “A” quality sacks with a lot of C-D quality ones. McKinley had a lot of B quality sacks, with a few C-D and not really and A’s. Bowser was pretty much all C-D with maybe one or two B’s. That clarify my thoughts a little better?

  • Jim Foles

    What kind of surgeries? acl ?

  • popsiclesticks

    Ahhhhh, yes, that makes a lot more sense.

  • falconsaftey43

    Watt played on his feet most of the time, not in a 3 point stance. So he was a 3-4 OLB (although only for 1 year) while many of these guys were 4-3 DEs.

  • Joel Miller

    This tape certainly has better wins than Bowser’s tape. The comments regarding polish and consistency obviously are legitimate given the limited number of splash plays, but the actual wins were more impressive when he did have them. RAW with big upside fits this tape.

  • Sean Ralphio

    Truth be told I’d be really upset if we took him in the first. Sack compilations are one thing, but watching his full game highlights leaves you unimpressed. He has great hustle but I just don’t see him translating into a great pass rusher. And as mentioned in the comments section, I also feel like his name and comparisons to his brother are factoring in a lot more than they should. This draft as a whole is filled with a lot of pass rushers who wow on the stat sheet, but not on tape

  • srdan

    yeah if we’re going with an injured player, you’d have a hell of a time talking me into watt over Lawson.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I said it before and I will say it again Anthony Chickillo is a better pass rusher than TJ Watt.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Just out of curiosity… Does an ACL + a broken hip scare you as well?… Because if it does, you need to take Lawson off your list.

  • PaeperCup

    I really like Watt. Great hustle, I might assume great work ethic too if he’s anything like his brother.. Will only get better.

    Injuries though are scary, but another player that I wouldn’t be upset if he was the pick at 30.

    I really liked those sacks against IOWA.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Everything you just said is accurate, but there are only 3 guys like that in this year’s draft (who can do what you want from day one): Myles Garrett + Solomon Thomas + Derek Barnett. And all 3 will be gone long before pick #30.

    Whichever edge rusher we draft WILL have weakness. He WILL need time to develop. That is why it makes more sense (to me) to draft one OLB in the 2nd round and then draft another one somewhere in rounds 3 to 5. Double dip to increase your odds.

    For example, what if we drafted Jordan Willis at 2.30, and then doubled up with Tarell Basham at 3.30? That is how you maximize value (imo). Give them both a year to develop and see what you have. Then going forward into 2018 (when Harrison is gone) if Bud Dupree gets hurt you have a starting caliber back up ready to go.

    In my opinion our 1st rounder needs to be more of a sure thing than some of these current edge prospects.

  • Applebite

    Fact remains, he was previously playing as a TE that wasn’t able to get on the field, until he changed over to the defensive side. His small body of work is impressive, with that in mind. Imagine Heath Miller playing OLB….that would be some really weird stuff right there. TJ isn’t a complete player at this point, at the position, but that makes it even better for a team that has the patience to work with him. You can still mold him into what you want him to become. Above all else, that’s why I’d consider picking him, to groom him into the beast he wants to become.

    I think the question is, “how do the Steelers see him and do they feel they have that kind of time to bring that beast out of him?”. I hate to compare him to “a beast”, but it’s everything short of saying he could be the next Jack Lambert in the making. He does bring that kind of energy, but he’s also lacking in technique at this time to be on that kind of level. He’s not nearly as wild as Lambert, or even a Romanowski. But if he could be 1/2 as good as JJ, somebody’s team is going to be happy with him.

  • RickM

    If we want him, we’ll likely have to jump ahead of Green Bay. It’s tough to think they’ll bypass a quality, home-state guy with OLB being a primary need.

  • Brian Tollini

    Heart, hustle, blue-collar mentality, great combine, but raw and extensive injury history. I like him and I wouldn’t count him out as being a day one pick due to his name and upside. He is fun to watch because you can tell he genuinely loves the game.

  • Dshoff

    Do you think Porter is a good pass rush teacher? I’ve seen no evidence of that. In fact, I don’t think we’ve EVER had a coach that could coach pass rushing technique.

  • kdubs412

    Not a big Lawson guy either – I probably like Rivers out of Youngstown State best out of the potential guys who could be there at #30 based on what I’ve been able to see of them. Watt’s probably #2 for me.

  • Tim Clark

    The Steelers should draft an Edge rusher based on upside. What’s the point of drafting someone who you don’t think can provide elite production in two to three years from now? Harrison and Moates/Chickillo will hold down the fort until a younger guy develops. Like you said there’s no one at pick #30 that will produce sacks from day one on the field. I don’t understand why everyone thinks we should double dip at edge rusher in the draft this year. If you don’t believe whomever you pick in the first or second round is your OLB of the future then don’t draft them. It doesn’t make any sense to use two picks on OLB in the first four rounds when the Steelers have multiple areas of need on the roster. RB, WR, TE, ILB, S, CB could all use either additional depth or talent at the position. Why draft two guys that will be competing for the same spot on the roster? If you draft two edge players it’s basically saying the Steelers don’t have enough faith in their scouting and evaluation of edge players to identify who the right guy is for their system. They don’t need two edge players… They need one player who is going to produce at a high level in the foreseeable future.

  • StolenUpVotes

    I’d disagree with that

  • KiJana Haney

    Watt has the greatest upside, is a tremendous hard worker, and football is truly his passion. He will only get bigger, stronger, and more sound with his game. I’m a big fan and he is my top choice at 30.

  • Rusted Out

    I’d be thrilled with this guy as their first pick. If he’s half of what his big brother is, then it’s a safe pick. I personally think he’s just getting started.
    This reminds me of when Mike Pouncey was coming out. I have no idea as to why the Steelers did not try to get him knowing what they had in Maurkice.

  • Rusted Out

    Bwahaha. You can eat those words probably after year one, regardless of where Watt ends up. Hope you like crow.

  • Rusted Out

    Shhh don’t tell Green Bay about the next great white hype… as if they’re not already keyed in.

  • Shane Mitchell

    i will gladly eat crow if we draft him and he proves me wrong, but I doubt that happens, he isnt a better pass rusher than Chickillo right now and he isnt a better athlete either so I dont know what you all are expecting out of him, if his last name wasnt Watt no way in hell would he even be considered a possible first round pick, their other OLB is the real football player we should draft and I suspect thats who we are really interested in not this over rated project player.

  • Matt Manzo

    I can’t decide on this guy! Still worried about him facing mauling tackles.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Harris has bust written all over him, no one in the history of the NFL has been a successful pass rusher with such poor measurables, name one? I would draft TJ Watt before I would draft Haris at least he is a good athlete.

  • Dshoff

    Are you saying that Porter is a good coach to teach pass rushing technique or that we’ve had good coaches teaching that in the past?

  • SoCal Steeler

    He’s a tough one to judge. Doesn’t show any variety in pass rush moves at all and doesn’t appear to have the burst some of the other top edge guys have. What he does show is great hand use, strength and persistence.
    I like him but not enough to draft him at 30. IMHO he may become a decent pass rusher but not on his brothers level.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Not a good comparison, Pounceys are twins, I would say a better comparison is Michael Jordan and his brother Larry Jordan.

  • Rusted Out

    TJ has better measurables in every category except the bench (which arguably has little to do with being an athlete). So, that should tell you that he’s a better athlete than Chickillo, at least marginally better. I’m not saying he is going to be defensive player of the year or even a rookie stand-out, but when the bar is Chickillo’s stats, I’m sure TJ will hit the mark. I do agree that being JJ’s younger bro helps tremendously in his draft analysis, but that is called pedigree, and it should not be overlooked. All I’m saying is that I’m quite confident he’ll be far better than Chick when it’s all said and done.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    Great assessment. I hear you on the top 3 and I am all for drafting BPA in round one and double dipping at Edge. I would love the two picks you mentioned- Willis and Bashem.

    I believe that we can find an Edge player or two that can be pass rush specialist as they round out there skills. I think some folks fail to realize that the teams that have the best pass rush have more than 2 guys that can bring edge pressure. Right now, we have Bud and Deebo, that’s it. Chickillo has shown upside but he is still developing. If we add two young prospects with high ceilings, that can be exactly what we need to bring consistent pressure.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Good point. The great defenses often have high draft picks as back up edge rushers.

    When Denver won the Super Bowl, their edge rushers were: Von Miller + Demarcus Ware, and then Shane Ray (1st rounder) as their back up. Another good defense, the Chiefs, have: Justin Houston + DeMarcus Ware, and then Dee Ford (1st rounder) as their back up.

  • John Kester

    Badger fan here who has watched every play of Watt’s (all three of them) career. He would be a steal at 30. The guy improved markedly as the year went along, to the point that he became by far our best player. Biegel was the main guy coming into this season and Watt blew him away by the Cotton Bowl. Watt is very raw, as many have mentioned he has only been playing the position for 18 months, but he has a natural feel for the game. The comparisons are unavoidable, but JJ was no sure fire NFL player either at this point in his career. He also started off as a TE before having one breakout year and a standout combine. That isn’t to say that TJ will be JJ, just that you can see a similar drive, as well as a dawning realization that there is no one on this field that can stop them. TJ has that same feel for the big moment/stage that JJ had, and that is a rare gift in a pass rusher.

    TJ still needs to put on about 10-15 pounds of muscle, but he has the long, lean frame so that shouldn’t be much of a problem for him. He can get outmuscled at the point of attack, and his bull rush is pretty underwhelming at the moment, though he flashes proper technique from time to time and is able put his guy on his butt. He does have good hand placement and you can see that he is working on secondary pass rush moves. He was excellent against the run, he has a natural nose for the ball and is able redirect ball carriers from the edge and work through blocks and double teams to maintain containment. He is a cocky SOB, but his play backs it up pretty well.

    Overall, I am obviously not a scout, but he feels like he is going to be a really, really good one. Some guys come through and just have a different aura about them, they carry themselves differently, the only thing holding them back is themselves and any baggage/entitlement/lack of a work ethic they bring with them. TJ is one of those guys, and he lives and breathes football and has a great support system around him (all the cliches about his brother can pretty much be copy and pasted here). I actually think having JJ as his brother is causing some people to underrate him. For some reason a whole lot of people hate JJ now, I guess they see the ‘perfect All-American Boy’ schtick as disingenuous and TJ hits all the same buttons. Part of the JJ Watt mythos is that he was some walk on nobody that worked himself into the beast he is today through sheer determination. Following that narrative, it makes sense that TJ would be just another overrated try hard living on his brother’s coattails. The thing that that narrative misses is that JJ was only a walk on because he was 6’2″220 as a high school senior. If he had been a fully grown 6’5″ 290 lbs, he would have had offers from every school in the B1G. Dude is a freak athletically and so is TJ. It is the melding of that cliched work-ethic with NFL size and athleticism that turn JJ into one of the best to ever play and make TJ such an intriguing prospect. I think many have lost sight of that as JJ has become so polarizing and TJ is suffering in their eyes because of it. TJ is going to operating on a much steeper curve than most rookies, both because of the cliched ‘work ethic’, but also because he is so raw and new to defense. I would argue that potential is only something to fear if it remains unrealized, and with TJ Watt it will not remain unrealized for long. This guy is going to be a very solid player in the NFL for a long time. He might never live up to the family legacy, but that doesn’t mean he won’t help a squad win a lot of games.

  • Alan Tman

    I would agree with that, but that is why I think he would look to his brother to teach him. Because he knows what he’s doing.

  • Chad Sanborn

    Average time to QB is less the 3 seconds! Thats amazing. And what we need when we play the like of Brady.

  • Jason Vancil

    You’re just naming white LB’s now.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I agree but the funny thing is Dave t. Said that he believes to is going to be even better than his brother

  • VaDave

    Lamar Woodley was much the same, even as a pro. One thing about Lamar, he did have a knack for making the big play now and again, between playing patty cake with TEs and running backs. From the highlight tape, Watt sure looks like what we want in a OLB. Much more so than Jarvis Jones tape. Watt is a keeper.

  • WreckIess

    Yeah and that was kind of my initial reaction of him before I got to see more tape. He still needs to win a lot more consistently(and that’ll come with experience), but he did win more often than I believed at the time. I think we got a pretty dynamic guy also. Once he gets settled in I think you’ll see them moving Watt all over the place. Could be a future chess piece.

  • rob4wvu

    Those sacks were against quality teams from the Big 10 and the Bowl Game. Impressive!

  • NinjaMountie

    Heard someone say last night that a majority of his sacks was against TEs. That didn’t seem to be the case after watching this.

  • SoCal Steeler

    I’ve warmed up to him a little more since my original comment. I knew that when it came to that point last night that we were drafting either him or Reuben Foster. He’s ours now so I’m hoping that he does turn out better than his brother and I’ll be praying that his knees and body holds up. Now at least 1 DB today, I hope. I’d take a shot on Sidney Jones myself, we don’t need him to play day one and it would give us another 1st round talent.

  • Ike Evans

    They couldnt draft a good olb of their life depended on it smh

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I was just thinking about his knees and playing dirty teams like Cincinnati

  • thehugster

    Butler should design pass rushing plays to isolate him one on one against rb’s