Despite coming within one game of Super Bowl LI, 2016 was not what you would call an enjoyable season for the Green Bay Packers. The team had to overcome a 4-6 start to win the NFC North. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers heard his share of criticism. Mike Mccarthy’s squad dealt with numerous injuries at running back and cornerback. And Dom Capers’ defensive unit struggled throughout the year. Early in free agency, the Pack has already seen strong safety Micah Hyde and outside linebacker Julius Peppers leave the club. The team got 11 of its 40 sacks from outside linebacker Nick Perry and he’s back with the team.

But could the franchise look for some help from local prospect T.J. Watt?

Not very impressive credentials

Those looking for Watt-like statistics from J.J.’s younger brother may wind up being very disappointment. No doubt there were those who questioned the young man’s decision to enter the NFL draft after only two seasons on the football field. In 2015, Watt played in only eight games, totaling seven tackles while knocking down a pair of passes. Those numbers changed dramatically this past fall as the young defender racked up 63 tackles, 11.5 sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery in 14 contests with the Wisconsin Badgers. His 2016 numbers are indeed eye-opening. But the fact remains is that Watt has only two seasons under his shoulder pads.

So would the Green Bay Packers take a chance on such a raw prospect?

Does he fit the system?

Watt seems to have some natural talent. But is he worthy of a first-round selection regardless of his lack of experience? And will the defensive-needy Green Bay Packers actually be in position to grab the 6’5”, 243-pound prospect with the 29th overall pick?

If Watt should fall to the team’s spot at the bottom of the first round, he may be too talented for general manager Ted Thompson to pass up. It would be quite the surprise to see the Packers trade up the defender with obvious potential. And there is a lot of time between now and April 27 in Philadelphia.

But the former Badger is very much an intriguing player and who knows “Watt” could happen.

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