30. T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
What Was Said At the Time: “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.” -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Measurables: 6’4’’, 252 lbs
Where is Watt is now.
It’s safe to say that Watt has exceeded the somewhat restrained reviews he received coming out of college. Most expected him to be a solid but unspectacular player. However, Watt beat out veteran James Harrison for a starting spot as a rookie and has gone on to amass 20 sacks over his first two NFL seasons.
He made the All-Rookie Team in 2017 and received a Pro Bowl invitation in 2018, leaving little doubt that he’s the latest in a long lineage of great Steelers defensive players. He may not ever lead the league in sacks the way his brother has on two occasions, but T.J. has quickly made his presence felt around the NFL.
Pro Bowl Selections: 1
2019 salary: $2.5 million
2020 salary: $2.9 million