According to a survey of over 700 NFL players, Texans defensive end Justin James Watt is the third best football player on the planet, trailing only two MVP-caliber quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Cam Newton. Here are what some of Watt’s peers had to say tonight on NFL Network about his incomparable abilities.
Bills coach Rex Ryan (to Romeo Crennel): "I’ve never seen anything like [Watt]. When he came out, I was like this guy is going to be Dan Hampton, and he’s a Hall of Fame player. Hell, he’s better than that!"
49ers fullback Bruce Miller: "I think we slid our protection to him the whole day and he ended up with six hits and a couple hurries. You do everything you can to slow him down, but you can’t stop him."
Bills center Eric Wood: "He’s the most disruptive defensive lineman in football, and it’s not really close. If you’re looking at an MVP, a quarterback is probably more valuable than a defensive lineman, but as far as the top player you’ve got to game plan against he’s been the toughest player we played against this year."
Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth: "All of the skills and talents that he has probably don’t add up to the effort that he plays with. If you compare him to the other great defensive linemen or players, I don’t think anybody plays as hard as he does."
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy: "He is a leverage rusher, is what I like to call it. He uses his hands to lean one way, feel where you’re at and he goes the other way."
Texans cornerback Charles James II: "Y’all think in a game he go hard, but in practice he goes so hard it pisses you off. I feel bad for our O-linemen. He does it every day."
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston: "J.J., he’s a beast. ‘Nuff said."
Yep, that about covers it. J.J. Watt is the best defensive player this league has seen in decades, and by the time his career is over we may well call him the best defender the NFL has seen period. Watt is the closest thing pro football has to a real life boogeyman, and I for one am glad that he’s on our side.
You can see Watt’s full segment from tonight’s reveal show on the official NFL YouTube page. What did you think about his final resting place on the Top 100 list? Should he have repeated as the league's number one overall player, or do both Tom Brady and Cam Newton deserve to be ranked above him based on their equally incredible 2015 campaigns? Sound off below and let us know what you think.