When the Houston Texans decided to use their 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on a defensive in coming out of the University of Wisconsin, they had no idea he would turn into such a dominant player at his position.
Since entering the league J.J. Watt is arguably the most dominant player not only at his position, but also perhaps the entire NFL.
Watt's relentless play on the field has earned him national attention and he has continued to strike a fear in opposing offenses around the NFL. He is nearly impossible to block in a one-on-one situation and generally requires several offensive lineman's attention on any given play.
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Watt is one of those players that come along once in a generation and the statistics that he has been able to put together over his first four years in the league are nothing but jaw-dropping.
Let's take a look at a few things he has been able to accomplish so far in the NFL.
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- The only player in NFL history to record two 20+ sacks in a season
- Three-time Pro bowl player
- Won the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award twice in just four seasons
- Three-time first-team All-Pro
- Holds the Texans franchise record for sacks and forced fumbles
These are just a few examples of what he is already been able to accomplish in just four short years in the NFL.
Watt has also been used sparingly on the offensive side of the ball playing as a tight end and even scoring three receiving touchdowns.
What does this actually add up to?
Nothing really, except for the fact that he has been able to turn himself into something that has become a rarity in the NFL. A good, honest, down-to-earth guy that plays his heart out every single play and makes the people around him better.
The scary thing is, he can become even more dominant in 2015.
With the addition of Vince Wilfork and the possibility of Jadeveon Clowney returning from his injury, it could take a lot of pressure off of J.J. Watt.
Wilfork is a big man, that requires a lot of attention for opposing offensive lineman to handle. He is able to push the pocket back into the quarterbacks face and usually requires double teams to slow them down. If offensive lineman are double teaming Wilfork, then that allows a little bit of pressure to be taken off of Watt.
Clowney never really was allow the chance to showcase his skills his rookie year because of a knee injury that eventually required surgery, but adding him to a defensive line rotation that already has Watt and Wilfork could possibly help create one of the most dominant defensive lines in the NFL.
The truly scary thing about what Watt has been able to accomplish so far in his short career is the fact that he has done it with offensive coordinators game planning specifically to try to neutralize him. With added attention been placed elsewhere, Watt could be allowed to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks in 2015.
Look out Andrew Luck, and the rest of the AFC South quarterbacks.