J.J. Watt was highly thought of when he entered the 2011 NFL Draft. He ended up going No. 11 overall to the Houston Texans that year and has more than lived up to his hype. With that being said, it’s pretty remarkable that one scout has his younger brother, T.J. Watt, graded higher as he prepares to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
“I gave him a higher grade than his brother (J.J.),” the scout said, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “All he does is make plays. He’s Clay Matthews. Probably more explosive. I guess he’s learned pass-rush techniques from his brother. Uses his hands well.”
Watt had a tremendous redshirt junior season at Wisconsin, racking up 63 total tackles (15.5 for a loss), 11.5 sacks, one interception (which he returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Incredibly he’s a newbie on the defensive side of the ball, having been recruited to Wisconsin as a tight end. He’s just now starting to get into the groove as a pass rusher but showed tons of promise last season. He also put together a truly dominant combine performance which compared favorably to his older brother, who was seriously pumped for his sibling.
We’ve identified Watt as one of the hidden gems of the upcoming draft. Most analysts have pegged him as a Day 2 pick, but we’re convinced he’s a Day 1 talent. Clearly, the scout quoted above holds that same opinion.