PHILADELPHIA (CBS HOUSTON) – The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin linebacker TJ Watt with the 30th selection in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
Watt is the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt and Derek Watt.
Watt had a strong final season with the Badgers with 59 total tackles and 11.5 sacks. Watt was named a second team All-American and first-team All-Big 10.
The two brothers will have a chance to get together for the holidays as the Texans host the Steelers on Christmas Day.
The third Watt brother decided it was time to join his older siblings in the NFL after an excellent junior season. Following in the footsteps of J.J. (a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year) and Derek (sixth-round pick as a fullback by San Diego) won’t be easy. In fact, it wasn’t easy for Watt to get on the field his first couple of seasons with the Badgers, redshirting as a tight end in 2013 and losing the following season with a right knee injury. Watt then tore up his left knee during spring practice in 2015, having surgery but returning to play as a reserve linebacker in all 13 games (eight tackles, 1.5 for loss). Finally healthy in 2016, he won a starting job and excelled, garnering second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors with 63 tackles, 15.5 for loss, and 11.5 sacks.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio