J.J. Watt is now a Houston Texan. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
After months of training and years of hard work, J.J. Watt has found his NFL home in Houston as the Texas selected him No. 11 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday night in New York City.
Defensive end wasn't necessarily an immediate need for the Texans, who badly need cornerback help, but they are transitioning to a 3-4 defense and most scouts believe Watt can be a dominant end in a 3-4 scheme because of his size.
Watt was the second defensive end taken in the draft as Aldon Smith from Missouri went No. 7 overall to San Francisco. That is a testament to the work Watt has put in since he declared for the draft in January. The preliminary outlook for Watt was later in the first round, but the Texans obviously liked Watt enough to take him instead of addressing some of their greater needs.
Watt joins former Badgers Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels on the Texans.