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46. T.J. Watt

When you are the younger brother of J.J. Watt, a large shadow is cast over you.  T.J. Watt has done a great job escaping it.

Watt was a star at Wisconsin, and the Steelers would use the 30th Overall Pick in the 2017 Draft to add the Linebacker to their roster.  Watt was an All-Rookie, but broke through the following year, with a Pro Bowl Selection and a 13-Sack year.  Watt got even better in the two seasons that followed, with First Team All-Star years, with 14.5 and 15.0 Sacks, the latter being league-leading.  He also led the NFL in Forced Fumbles with eight in 2019.

Watt has only been with Pittsburgh for four years, but he has been a contender for the Defensive Player of the Year in the last three.  If he stays with Pittsburgh for an extended period of time, Watt could crack the top ten of this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 30th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/27/17.
  • Games Played: 62
  • Notable Statistics:

    62 Games Started
    4 Interceptions
    24 Interception Return Yards
    17 Forced Fumbles
    4 Fumble Recoveries
    49.5 Quarterback Sacks
    230 Combined Tackles
    168 Solo Tackles
    62 Assisted Tackles
    59 Tackles for Loss
    49 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2019 & 2020)
    Pro Bowl (2018, 2019 & 2020)
    All-Rookie (2017)
    Most Forced Fumbles (2019)
    Most Quarterback Sacks (2020)

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