Wisconsin star T.J. Watt is headed to the NFL, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Watt just wrapped up a spectacular breakout season with the Badgers, making 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 14 games. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
According to NFL Draft website Walter Football, Watt is the No. 2 outside linebacker in this draft class and will be selected with one of the first 60 picks.
“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,” Watt wrote on Twitter. “After thinking over the options and discussing them with my family, I have decided that the team has come to continue my journey and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
“The decision was by no means an easy one, but I feel that it is the right decision for me at this time.”
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 3, 2017
Watt played sparingly as a sophomore in 2015, making eight tackles in 13 games. He’s the younger brother of former Wisconsin defensive end and NFL All-Pro J.J. Watt and former Badgers and current Chargers fullback Derek Watt.
Watt arrived at Wisconsin as a tight end, but knee injuries derailed his first two seasons in the program. Before the 2015 season, Watt switched to linebacker and excelled in his redshirt junior year.