Steelers Take TJ Watt In First Round Of NFL Draft

Pittsburgh Steelers take OLB TJ Watt of Wisconsin with 30th pick

Wisconsin's T.J. Watt may already be famous because of his brother in Houston, but the younger version is a first-round talent in his own right. Healthy as a senior, Watt had 63 tackles (15 ⁄2 for a loss) and 11 ⁄2 sacks.

He was healthy for the 2016 season, and was a second-team Associated Press All-American. Hall of Fame running backs Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis were brought to the podium and also paid respects to Rooney.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Watt joins an outside linebacker group that includes James Harrison, who turns 39 next week, and 2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree.

The 22-year-old Watt began his collegiate career as a tight end before shifting to defense. Watt with the 30th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday. Dan's dedication to the game, to the players and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans everywhere was unparalleled. "Reacting and dropping in coverage were knew to me". I learned so much from J.J. "Obviously, he's done really good things. I was trying to blame everything on it".

Watt and his brother J.J., a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive end for the Houston Texans, are the only two Badgers defensive players to be taken in Round 1 over the past 12 years. "And he loved us, the players". He's 100-percent all-out on every single play.

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