The NFL is about to have another Watt.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Watt makes his decision after a breakout year where he developed into one of the top pass rushers in the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder announced his decision with a statement on Twitter.
“This season has been an absolute blast. I could not have asked for a better group of guys to play with, beter coaches to play for, or a better fan base to represent,” Watt wrote. “Playing for the University of Wisconsin has always been a dream of mine and I am extremely fortunate to have been able to fulfill that dream.
“After thinking over the options and discussing them with my family, I have decided that the time has cometo continue my journey and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. This decision was by no means an easy one, but I feel that it is the right decision for me at this time. Thank you to all of my teammates, coaches and you fans for the incredible moments. Once a Badger, always a Badger.”
This season, Watt recorded 11.5 sacks for the Badgers.
Watt is currently projected as a first- or second-round pick by Walter Football.
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