AFC's 10 most versatile players

J.J. Watt highlights playmakers who allow teams play-calling flexibility

Originally Published: July 15, 2013
By Gary Horton | ESPN Insider

J.J. WattGeorge Bridges/Getty ImagesJ.J. Watt gives the Texans defense plenty of flexibility.

In today's creative NFL, coaches are always looking for players with versatility in terms of skill sets. That gives teams flexibility in their schemes, and it is also an advantage with roster limitations if a player can fill more than one role. Let's look at 10 players in the AFC who fit this category -- not all of these guys are household names.

1. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
He is the most dominating defensive player in the NFL. His combination of skills and relentless effort make him almost impossible to stop. He lines up at defensive end in Houston's base 3-4 scheme, but when the Texans move to their 4-3 front in passing situations, he slides down inside. He is so tough to block one-on-one that his coaches move him all over the line to get favorable matchups. Even though he rarely does it, don't be surprised if Watt lines up at outside linebacker to rush off the edge. He could even drop into coverage occasionally in a zone blitz situation.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.