J.J. Watt is projected to be the New England Patriots draft pick with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, according to the latest SB Nation mock draft.
Watt, a sophomore from Wisconsin, has 106 career tackles, two forced fumble and one interception. In 2010, Watt recorded a career-high 62 tackles (43 solo) and had both forced fumbles and one interception.
Brian Galliford of SB Nation writes that Watt would be a perfect fit for Bill Belichick's young defense.
17. New England Patriots: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin. Bill Belichick has been gradually injecting youth to his defense over the past few years; adding the guy Mike Mayock calls the best five-technique end he's ever scouted seems like a good way to continue that process.
As for Boston College offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo, the mock draft from SB Nation has him slated to go No. 19 overall to the New York Giants, who have an aging front line.
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College. The Giants are aging up front, Castonzo's draft stock has consistently risen all off-season, and the Tom Coughlin connection makes this a logical choice.
New York has drafted several Boston College graduated in the past, including standout defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. Former Eagles defensive back Will Blackmon and offensive lineman Chris Snee also play for the Giants.