May. 22, 2017
Oh brother … another J.J. Watt sibling is about to enter the NFL
In 2011 J.J. Watt made the leap into the NFL with the Houston Texans (currently at +4000 to win Super Bowl 52 at new betting sites) from the Wisconsin Badgers. A second Watt – also an ex-Badger – was drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers last year. Soon the circle will be complete as a third brother – T.J. - is up in the 2017 NFL draft.
T.J. does not seem to be in the draft purely to make up the numbers – most pickers expect him to be taken off the board among the early selections of the second round, or maybe even the late stages of the first round. He's also projected to have the potential to enjoy a fine NFL career. Thankfully for the rest of the NFL, he's the final Watt off the John and Connie Watt production line.
Whether T.J. will feel any nerves (or ire) at being compared to his brother remains to be seen. He's got a lot to live up to as any brother of the best defensive player in the NFL naturally would have. Most experts though are of the opinion that T.J. would likely have made it as an NFL pro even if J.J. Watt was a name nobody had ever heard of (or run away from).
T.J. is just an inch shorter and around forty pounds lighter than his brother, but he still measures in at 6'4 and 252 pounds. Unlike his brother, T.J. is a linebacker, and in his final year for the Badgers amassed 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles.
The youngest Watt has had to overcome some misfortune to get this far in his career. Out of high school T.J. played for the Badgers at tight end, but was injured in the 2014 season. He actually did not take the football field for a game between October 2012 and September 2015 – a career break of almost three years.
When he finally came back he was asked to switch to a linebacker role. By the fourth game of the season he was leading the Big Ten in sacks, and in November 2016 T.J. was named First Team All-Big Ten.
Don't expect T.J. and J.J. to both end up at the Texans – at least not yet anyhow. T.J. has already agreed to visit the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are short at the edge running position due to DeMarcus Ware's retirement, and will rely in 2017 on Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray.