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Steelers Select T.J. Watt with 30th Overall Pick

April 27, 2017
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Steelers Select T.J. Watt with 30th Overall Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft.

The brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, T.J. made a name for himself at Wisconsin last season.

He started just one season for the Badgers after converting to the defensive side of the ball. Watt posted a team-best 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to earn First Team All-Big Ten and multiple All-American honors for Wisconsin last season.

Outside linebacker was a big need for the Steelers as James Harrison isn’t getting any younger.

Honors and Awards

2016: First-team All-America (ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated), second-team All-America (AP, CBS Sports, FOX Sports), first-team All-Big Ten (consensus), Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25), Academic All-Big Ten

2015: Academic All-Big Ten

Notable: Lost 2014 season and spring practice prior to 2015 season to separate knee injuries … switched from tight end to outside linebacker prior to start of fall camp in 2015 and went on to play in all 13 games

Career: Played in 27 games with 14 starts during two seasons on field … recorded 70 tackles, including 17.0 for loss and 11.5 sacks

2016 Season: Earned second letter, starting all 14 games at outside linebacker … finished with 63 total tackles, including 38 solo stops … logged 15.5 tackles for loss … had 11.5 sacks, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history … logged career-high 11 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack at Michigan on Oct. 1 … recorded career-best 3.5 TFLs, including 2.5 sacks, as part of 6 tackles at Michigan State on Sept. 24 … had 1.0 sack and returned first career interception for a 17-yard touchdown at Purdue on Nov. 19 … finished with 1.5 sacks and 6 total tackles at Minnesota on Nov. 26 … had 1.5 sacks and 5 total tackles at Iowa on Oct. 22 … had 7 total tackles in season-opening win over LSU at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3 … logged 1.5 TFLs and 1.0 sacks as part of 4 total tackles in Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Penn State on Dec. 1 … had 1.0 sack and 4 total tackles in win over Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.

2015 Season: Earned first letter, playing in all 13 games … part of unit that ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 13.7 points per game … recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, and broke up three passes … made two tackles at Nebraska on Oct. 10 … posted 0.5 TFL in Holiday Bowl vs. USC on Dec. 30 … recorded 0.5 TFL vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … logged first career tackle with 0.5 TFL vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 12 … made Badgers debut vs. Alabama on Sept. 5.

2014 Season: Did not play due to injury

2013 Season: Redshirt season

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated as the No. 28 tight end by ESPN, No. 44 by Scout … ranked as the No. 9 recruit from the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 11 by ESPN … threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … also recorded 42 tackles and five sacks as a senior … honorable mention all-state … first-team all-conference quarterback, linebacker and punter … honorable mention all-area at linebacker according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel … made 27 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns as a junior … first-team all-conference as a tight end … also lettered in track and field … head coach was Justin Friske.

Personal: Parents are Connie and John Watt … brother of former Badgers players J.J. Watt and Derek Watt … brother J.J. was first-round pick of Houston Texans in 2011 NFL Draft and is three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and four-time Pro Bowler … brother Derek was selected by San Diego in 2016 NFL Draft … majoring in retailing and consumer behavior.

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