The decision by the Houston Texans to take Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft was a questionable call in the eyes of some, since other star players that addressed bigger needs were still on the board.
However, those who were uncertain about the prospects of Watt in his first season were smiling from ear to ear by the end of the year.
“Last year I wanted to be a contributor and just help us win games and now I want to be dominant and establish myself as a top-tier defensive end,” Watt said Tuesday, via comments distributed by the team.
So what are his overall goals? “Super Bowl,” Watt said. “That’s it.”
Watt, 23, started every game during his 2011 campaign and showcased his fair share of flashes of dominance.
After recording 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks in the regular season, the Waukesha, WI native racked up 14 tackles and 3.5 sacks, along with an interception returned for a touchdown (29 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals) in the postseason.
“I did some good things at the end of the year but I want to put a whole year together,” Watt said. “I started off a little rusty last year, so this year I want to come out from the gate and show everybody what I’m about and show everybody what this defense is about.”
Houston is already being considered by many pundits to be the top team in the AFC heading into the 2012 season.
If Watt comes out hitting on all cylinders, this 6-5, 288-pound beast and Texans team could reach the ultimate goal.