An NFL Draft expert has reported that junior linebacker and All-American, T.J. Watt, has told his teammates and the program that he plans to leave a year early and enter the NFL Draft. He was on The Associated Press All-America second team this season.
Watt announced his decision on Tuesday via Twitter.
The youngest of the three Watt brothers, established himself on the Wisconsin defense this year starting opposite Vince Biegel.
The move proved wise as Watt finished tied for 11th in the nation with 11.5 sacks and was third on the team in tackles (63). "This decision was by no means an easy one, but I feel that it is the right decision for me at this time".
A University of Wisconsin-Madison football player and junior said he intends to declare for the 2017 NFL draft.
Watt's announcement came just one day after the Badgers (11-3) closed the season with a 24-16 Cotton Bowl victory over Western Michigan on Monday.
Watt's two older brothers also play in the NFL. "Once a Badger, Always a Badger". J.J. Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans.
Watt is now projected as a first- or second-round pick by Walter Football.