In two years at the University of Wisconsin, J.J. Watt, one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, racked up 11.5 sacks. While that stat doesn’t exactly jump off the page, Watt solidified his status as an athletic freak when he leaped 37 inches in the Vertical Jump, benched 225 pounds 34 times and ran the 40-Yard Dash in 4.84 seconds at the 2011 NFL Combine. Those numbers helped him land in Houston with the 11th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, where Watt has been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times.
Watt’s younger brother T.J. followed in his brother’s footsteps to Wisconsin, where last season he made the switch from tight end to linebacker and absolutely thrived. T.J. registered 11.5 sacks and forced two fumbles, then showed out at the NFL Combine, posting a 4.71 40 and a 37-inch Vertical, just like his older brother. So impressive was T.J.’s past year, that J.J. says his younger brother is even better than he was coming out of college.
“He’s so similar to me but he’s farther along than I was at that point in the process,” J.J. Watt told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a lot better player than I was at that time. He has a lot more to grow even than I had. I think he’s a really special player, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch him go through the process.”
A few months ago, T.J. told STACK that he thought he was the best athlete in the Watt family, and he might not be wrong. With such high praise from one of the best defenders in the NFL, it will be fascinating to see where T.J. ends up on draft night.