NFL draft 2017: What you need to know about Pittsburgh Steelers’ first-round pick T.J. Watt
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt — who had 63 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks for the Badgers last season — with the 30th pick.
Here’s what you need to know about Watt
Arm Length: 33 1/8″
NFL COMBINE NUMBERS
40-yard dash: 4.69
Bench press: 21 reps
Vertical jump: 37.0″
Broad jump: 128.0″
3 cone drill: 6.79″
20-yard shuttle: 4.13″
60-yard shuttle: 11.20 seconds
BROTHER TO BROTHER AND A POSITION SWITCH
Like his brother J.J. Watt — the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year — T.J was a underrated recruit coming out of high school and also played for Wisconsin. He went down his own path there, transforming from a tight end to an All-American linebacker. Now, like his brother, he’s a first-round NFL draft pick.
He didn’t play in 2014 due to a knee injury, which allowed Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst to switch him to linebacker. It took some time for him to settle in, but he exploded in 2016. He’s only been playing defense for 18 months, but he was an All-American in 2016.
- 2016 First Team All-Big Ten
- 2016 Second-team All-American
NFL.com: “A long-limbed effort rusher who posted impressive numbers against the run and pass in just one year as a starter. He is a tireless worker who pursues from snap to whistle and his brother, J.J., will be a tremendous resource for technique and pass-rush plan. While he is unlikely to win a race to the edge, he’s a plus run defender who can get to the quarterback with plus hand work and relentless effort.”