Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing thinks teammate J.J. Watt has the potential to be the greatest defensive player ever, according to ESPN.
The Texans defensive end was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in his career last year after racking up 20.5 sacks despite injury troubles.
The 24-year-old played with an elbow injury through much of the campaign but still led the NFL in sacks.
And Cushing, speaking to ESPN, believes his teammate can become one of the all-time greats.
"The things that he's going to be able to accomplish are unbelievable," said Cushing. "When you talk about the potential that he has of really being the greatest defensive player ever, he could be.
"I know that's very premature but he's that kind of player. I think if he just keeps doing what he's doing and obviously stays healthy, he's on that track."
Watt was one of the outstanding players of the last NFL season, putting up incredible numbers across a range of categories.
The Texans defender deflected 16 passes, made 81 tackles and forced four fumbles along with the league-high sack total.
"He's incredible. There's no other word for him," continued Cushing.
"He's one of those guys that he's truly the best at what he does. Just the combination of speed, the power, how he plays, his endurance, his smarts…the scary part is it's his second year. He has not even hit his peak yet."
Watt was drafted number 11 overall in the 2011 NFL draft by the Texans organisation.