The life of a professional athlete isn’t always easy. You have to stay in peak physical condition, be prepared mentally to endure harsh criticism and deal with thousands of strangers asking to rub your groin. It’s this last thing that J.J. Watt is dealing with, even if he’s thankful for it.
Also appreciate all the “nurses” offering to help rehab my groin surgeries. Didn’t realize there were so many qualified pros out there! Haha
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 30, 2016
It’s great to see a country rally around Watt in his time of need. Surely the Texans have some top-notch physical therapists who can do this job, but it’s always nice to have a backup.
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky: What happened off the field this week was just as important as what he did on it. Spence needed to be forthcoming to teams about the drug issues that got him dismissed at Ohio State, and he was during a multitude of meetings with personnel members. If you couple that with what Spence showed this week, it’s easy to see him becoming a top-15 pick in April. All week, Spence was terrorizing offensive linemen with his speed and ability to bend around the edge. Star pass rushers like Spence don’t last long in the draft.
Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State: At Ohio State, Vannett was underutilized in head coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense. Vannett said after practice on Thursday that he wanted to show he’s much more of a pass catcher and playmaker. After a good week of practice, Vannett’s mission was accomplished. Vannett has good size at 6’5 3/4 and 256 pounds, and used it to body defenders all week to create room to make catches. Vannett’s teammate Jeff Heuerman was a third-round pick at tight end last year. Vannett could go even higher.
Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech: It was a good, consistent week for Butler. At 325 pounds, he moved around much better than expected and is a naturally strong player against the run. Butler is working this offseason on his pass rush ability, and some of that flashed during one-on-one drills. In a loaded defensive tackle class, Butler justified his second-round status at the Senior Bowl.