T.J. Watt has an NFL home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers jumped at the chance to grab the Wisconsin linebacker with the 30th pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night, adding the pass-rushing specialist to go with Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt.
One of the leaders of the Badgers defense last season, Watt was a 247Sports 3-star prospect coming out of Pewaukee, Wis., and joined the Badgers in the fall of 2013. Watt redshirted his first season, and didn’t play in 2014 due to injury.
After a learning curve in 2015, Watt shined in 2016.
Watt recorded 63 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in his final season in Madison. Those 11.5 sacks were good enough for the fifth-highest single-season total in Badgers history.
Watt was also named first-team All-American by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated, and second-team All-American by the Associated Press, CBS Sports and FOX Sports. He was also named to the first-team All-Big Ten, and was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25.
T.J. is the third Watt in the NFL, joining brothers J.J., also a Wisconsin product and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Houston, and Derek, a sixth-round pick of the Chargers last year.