J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Defensive End
Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 295
Date of Birth: 3/22/1989 (28)
Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Draft: 2011, Round 1, Pick 11
Contract: 8 years, $108.88 million, through 2021
J.J. Watt is the premier pass rusher in the National Football League. His ability to get to the quarterback is only rivaled by his proficiency at batting balls down at the line of scrimmage. There is little doubt that Watt is the best defensive end in the NFL, and his presence was greatly missed by the Texans in 2016, as he missed all but three games with a back injury.
J.J. is the only player in NFL history to tally two 20 sack seasons (2012 and 2014) in his career; an impressive stat considering it was never done by players like Bruce Smith, Reggie White, and Michael Strahan. Watt also showcased his ability to catch the football in 2014, catching 3 passes for 4 yards and 3 touchdowns in goal-line situations. That year, he had five total touchdowns and was the first defensive player to earn MVP votes since 2008. In 83 career games, Watt has totaled 379 total tackles, 76 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and 12 fumble recoveries. Assuming he isn’t slowed down by injury, in 2017 we’ll be watching an all-time great perform in his prime.
Awards and Accolades:
4x First-team All-Pro (2012-2015)
4x Pro Bowl (2012 – 2015)
3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)
2x NFL sacks leader (2012, 2015)
1x Bert Bell Award (2014)
Honorable Mentions: Aaron Donald, Jurrell Casey