It’s not easy being the younger brother of The Best Player In The NFL. It’s got to be even harder for T.J. Watt who, unlike brother Derek, plays defense. The youngest of the Watt brothers got put through the ringer at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, and he performed admirably, posting numbers that look awfully similar to another outside linebacker with Wisconsin connections.
It remains to be seen what all that means for T.J. Watt’s draft prospects. In the meantime, we can pore over what Watt the Youngest had to say during his media availability. Here’s a link to the full transcript, with a few snippets posted below for your immediate digestion, including whether he had a meeting with the Texans scheduled while he was in Indianapolis.
"The biggest piece of advice I got from J.J. is just to be yourself, don't overthink things. We're being evaluated with everything we do and a lot of guys and even myself sometimes kind of drive yourself crazy with everything being so time-demanding and having everything to do all the time. Just be yourself, relax and you show people who you really are."
Being J.J.’s brother: "Early on when J.J. first started blowing up, I didn't know how to handle it, but now definitely I love it. My brother is the best defensive player to ever play the game, in my opinion. Obviously I'm biased. When you play the sport of football and you have the person as your role model a phone call, a text away, it's special. And he does it so well and so right. I'm just trying to replicate what he does."
"I’m only scratching the surface. I've only played defense for 18 or 20 months. If I can do all the things I did this last year what can I do when I'm under the tutelage of an NFL coach? Obviously lack of film lack of experience point that's come across I think it's not a problem with my work ethic and my bloodlines and stuff like that."
On being compared to J.J.: "Yeah, he's one of the best players to ever do it, why not take that comparison? The No. 1 thing I love about my brother's play is how he does it. He's 100 percent all out every single play. You're not going to catch him loafing. He's a game-changer. That's how I want to be viewed."
If you were running the Texans, would you draft J.J. Watt’s youngest brother if he was sitting there at No. 25? How about in the second or third round?