It’s rare to see family members play in the NFL at the same time. Even rarer is what the Watt brothers have accomplished: having three brothers in the league at the same time. But which Watt brother is the biggest? Let’s take a closer look at Derek Watt, T.J. Watt, and J.J Watt.
Derek Watt’s size, combine numbers, and career overview
The Chargers drafted Derek in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 198th overall. As a fullback at Wisconsin, he helped block for future Chargers’ teammate Melvin Gordon.
One way to determine how physically gifted a player is is to look at his results at the NFL Draft Combine drills. At the 2016 Combine, he put up the following numbers:
- 40-yard dash: 4.79 and 4.77 seconds
- Vertical: 33.5 inches
- Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
- Bench: 19 reps of 225 pounds
So far in the NFL, Watt has played 58 NFL games with 45 rushing yards on 17 attempts. He also has 10 receptions for 152 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown. As far as his size? He’s 6-foot 2-inches and weighs 234 pounds.
T.J. Watt’s size, combine numbers, and career overview
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted T.J. with the 30th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Like his brothers, he also played at Wisconsin. Unlike his brother Derek but similar to his other brother J.J., he plays on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker.
Here’s how T.J. performed at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine:
- 40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds
- Vertical: 37 inches
- Broad jump: 10 feet, six inches
- Bench: 21 reps of 225 pounds
In his NFL career to date, he’s played in 39 games and recorded 27.5 sacks, 105 solo tackles, and 10 forced fumbles. T.J. clocks in as slightly bigger than Derek at 6-foot 4-inches and 254 pounds, giving him two inches and 20 pounds on his older brother. But is he bigger than J.J.?
J.J. Watt’s size, combine numbers, and career overview
Easily the most successful of the Watt brothers is J.J., the defensive end for the Houston Texans. Widely regarded as one of, if not the single greatest defensive player in football, the Houston Texans drafted J.J. with the 11th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was a defensive force at Wisconsin, the first Watt brother to play for the Badgers.
Here’s how J.J. fared during his NFL Draft Combine experience:
- 40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds
- Vertical: 37 inches
- Broad jump: 10 feet
- Bench: 34 reps of 225 pounds
J.J. is a monstrous 6-foot 5-inches tall, weighing 288 pounds.
Which Watt brother is the biggest?
Along with being the most dominant on the NFL stage, J.J. is also the biggest of the Watt brothers. Each one is the appropriate size for their position, however. As a linebacker, T.J. doesn’t need to be as big as J.J., the defensive lineman. And T.J., as a fullback, needs to be a bit nimbler than the other two.
Unfortunately for the Watt family, J.J. won’t get to finish this season. At the end of October, he suffered a pectoral injury that will keep him out for the remainder of 2019. Here’s how he reacted, captured by USA Today:
“This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal,” Watt wrote on Twitter. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”
A tough ending to this season to be sure, but Houston fans can rest assured J.J. will be back next season in full force.