Texans fans are drooling over the idea of a Watt & Watt pass rush – and it actually makes sense.

Justin James Watt was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 11th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been the most dominant defensive player in the game for the last couple of years, despite being injured for most of last season.

In 2016, JJ’s younger brother Derek was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, and the fullback played a major role in Melvin Gordon’s breakthrough this season. Now, there’s another Watt coming into the league.

Watt the third

Trent John Watt has had a similar college career as JJ. He started out as a tight end for the Wisconsin Badgers, but redshirted the entire year. He lost his sophomore year to an injury and moved over to the defense before the 2015 season. In his senior year, he earned the starting spot as an outside linebacker, and the Watt jersey was yet again haunting Big Ten quarterbacks. He finished the year with 63 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 11.5 sacks, and earned second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors.

T.J. Watt is not the same player as his brother. He’s “only” 6-4, 252 pounds, and he ran the 40-yard dash 0.15 seconds faster. He did copy JJ’s vertical jump with 37″ and jumped 8″ farther in the broad. He’s not as strong as JJ was coming out of college, and he’s not as flawless either. That being said, you can see by his game that he has learned a lot from his older brother. He’s always looking after the ball and his timing and technique are great.

Brotherly love

When someone’s brother is coming into the league, the fans usually screams for them to go get him. Nothing is different with T.J. Watt, and the Houston Texans fans are drooling over the idea of a lethal Watt & Watt pass rush.

Most of the time, the fans are just wrong. As last year, when Houston fans were hoping for their team to draft Derek Watt. The Texans didn’t need a fullback and had other major issues to deal with. This year, however, the Houston Texans desperately need linebacker help.

Why it makes sense

Free agency hasn’t been gentle to the Texans so far. They lost their breakthrough cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Jaguars, Quintin Demps to the Bears, and their starting outside linebacker John Simon to the Colts. Not resigning John Simon is interesting, to put it mildly. The 26-year old signed a three-year deal with Indianapolis, worth $13.5 million. To let yet another impact player go to a division rival you’ve got to have a plan at the position, and it doesn’t seem like it’s on the roster. The 2016 undrafted free agent Brennan Scarlett is currently the best option at outside linebacker. It sure seems like they will be looking for a replacement in the draft, and maybe they have their eyes fixed on T.J. Watt.

It actually makes a ton of sense. Watt is still raw as a pass rusher, but what place is better to learn than the Texans defense? He will be surrounded by some of the best defensive players in the NFL, and the great defensive mind of Romeo Crennel. He has already shown off his work ethic by impressively fighting through injuries in college, and the Texans staff knows what Watt’s with great work ethics can achieve in the NFL.

Even though NFL draft scout Daniel Jeremiah has mentioned Watt as a potential first round pick, he is most likely to fall to the second round due to his lack of experience at the position and his injury history. That could make him in play for Texans with the 57th overall pick.

Houston has a hole at the position and a leader on the team who would love to have his brother next to him on the field. Should they pick him?

It sure makes a lot of sense.

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