Originally posted by buck:
The quality play of JJ Watt is indisputable.
But, your stated that Maddog was 100% correct when it comes to Watt and Smith.
Maddog was right about JJ Watt, but he was clearly wrong about Aldon Smith. In my estimation, that is not 100% correct.
My call was that Watt was the better selection, and I have always held that position. As for A. Smith, he has exceeded expectations, but he was still the number one OLB on my board at the time, so I didn't think he was a future bust. Just thought the selection of Watt would have been superior. Happy Smith is on the roster, but imagine Watt playing LDE opposite Justin Smith. That front four on passing downs would be unstoppable. Either J. Smith or Watt would be singled on every passing down, and that would be disasterous for any OL.
Watt is already tied for Bruce Smith for most pass deflections ever by a DL in a single season (13), and is sixth overall in the NFL this year in that catagory (only topped by corners). The next DL in pass defensed is Brian Robison of the Vikings at 7.
Watt is number one in the NFL in tackles for DL (54). He is also number two in the NFL in tackles for loss for all defenders (one behind Von Miller).
His grade of 67+ this year from Pro Football Focus is astronomically better than any DL in the game, and while I don't have the website in front of me right now, I believe is still the number one graded player in the NFL for 2012. While Aldon Smith has two more sacks than Watt, the big guy is putting up ungodly numbers for a 3-4 DE, rivaled only by Bruce Smith in the history of 3-4 DE's.
While Miller and Aldon Smith can argue who is the better OLB in the game, there is no doubt who is the best DL in the game, and right now, it is not even close. And, that is why Watt will win the DPOY award, and maybe even the NFL MVP, if the current trend continues.
All of this being said, Aldon Smith's greatest improvement this year is in run defense. He is becoming more of a complete player daily.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Nov 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM ]