Originally Posted by Dedhed
"10. John Engelberger (2000)
John Engelberger was always willing to work hard. He went from walking on to the Virginia Tech team his freshman year to being a first-team All-Big East player his senior season. It was this type of work ethic that helped him wow scouts at the combine and move up the draft charts.
Engelberger was projected to be picked somewhere in the middle of the draft but he boosted his stock in Indianapolis. He ran a 4.73 40, measured a 34-inch vertical, and showed extreme quickness for a defensive lineman in the three-cone drill. Engelberger was rewarded by being selected 35th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. He had a decent career, lasting nine years in the league but only managed 20.5 sacks in 139 games."
Difference here is that Watt has always been viewed as a mid to late 1st rounder. Unlike Engelberger his collegiate tape shows dominant play. His combine only cements that he's an elite athlete, making teams feel that much safer using a high pick on him.
Adam Carriker would be a better comp, he climbed draft boards and went in the top 10, much like Watt probably will. Carriker's problem was that he landed on a bad 4-3 club that wanted him to be a pass rusher though. If he'd gone to a solid 3-4 D and was developed as a 5 tech he'd probably be pretty damn solid right now.