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T.J. Watt, little brother of J.J. Watt, declares for 2017 NFL Draft

Jesse Reed
Written by Jesse Reed

Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt has made his decision to forego his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, becoming the next Watt brother to make the jump.

Watt announced his decision on his Twitter account Tuesday.

During his tenure at Wisconsin, Watt was a lighting rod for the Badgers on defense, especially this past season. A force off the edge this past year, he racked up 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss. He also hauled in a pick-six this season, showing the ability to score, much like his big brother.

It’s hard to believe he’ll be picked up in the first round of the upcoming draft, given all the talent on the defensive line coming into the league this offseason. But that Watt will be a Day 2 pick is not really in doubt. At 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds, he clearly has the size to make an impact, and he obviously has the pedigree that could get him drafted high.

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Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed

Managing Editor here at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker, Foxsports.com and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.