TJ Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

TJ Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

And the Steelers had a need for an edge rusher. He belongs to a family of professional football players; J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Derek Watt of the LA Chargers are his elder brothers.

"I've tried to do a really good job this whole time of blocking it out", Watt told NFL.com, "but I'd be lying if I said it isn't creeping up on me a little bit just as it gets closer". As T.J. Watt remembers the "surreal" experience, tensions were high at the Watt family table in the draft green room, and he was completely unaware of the stakes.

Chryst, who was the head coach at Pitt the previous three seasons, asked Watt to switch from tight end to outside linebacker.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Watt, an All-American and consensus All-Big Ten selection in 2016, with the 30th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

"I've only played defense for 18 months", Watt said at UW's Pro Day in March.

T.J. Watt embraces any talk of potential similarities.

"Yeah he's one of the best players to ever do it, why not take that comparison?"

"I think intangibles are always something that are sought", said longtime Dallas Cowboys player personnel executive and now NFL Network analyst Gil Brandt.

Conner believes he wasn't at 100 percent when last season started, still recovering from all his time away from football due to injury and Hodgkin lymphoma. Watt had 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Badgers. Matthews' father, Clay Jr., played 19 seasons in the National Football League with the Browns and Falcons. I said, 'man, coach, you have the 34th pick, it's too late.

"When they approached me about the move, I think it took me all of 12 hours, if that".

J.J. was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft and Derek, a fullback, was a sixth-round pick of the San Diego Chargers previous year.

The 6-foot-2 Smith-Schuster caught 213 passes for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdowns in three years with the Trojans before electing to enter the draft early.

T.J. Watt is now dating Dani Rhodes, who plays soccer for the Badgers.

With Ramczyk a native of Stevens Point and Watt hailing from Pewaukee, each of the Badgers' last eight first-round picks have been Wisconsin-born players: Thomas, Brookfield, 2007; J.J. Watt, Pewaukee, 2011; Gabe Carimi, Cottage Grove, 2011; Zeitler, Waukesha, 2012; Frederick, Sharon, 2013; Melvin Gordon, Kenosha, 2015.

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