Is J.J. Watt already one of the top defensive ends of all-time?
There’s no doubt that Houston Texans’ defensive lineman J.J. Watt is one of the top defensive lineman in the NFL when he’s healthy.
But is Watt one of the all-time greats at his position?
Gil Brandt of NFL.com believes so.
Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys executive has ranked Watt ranked No. 4 in his 30 best defensive ends of all-time.
"4. J.J. WattHouston Texas, 2011-2016» Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times» Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year» Two-time NFL sacks leader» Has recorded 76 sacks, 45 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles and scored five touchdowns in six NFL seasons"
Watt has had a heck of a career so far just by looking at the numbers above. But if it were to end today, is he a Hall of Famer?
Many people would argue that Watt didn’t play long enough in order to make it into the Hall of Fame.
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Now I know that Brandt isn’t talking about Watt being in the Hall of Fame, but if he’s ranking him as the fourth best defensive end of all time, then he is pretty much saying he’ll be in the hall one day.
In order for Watt to be considered one of the all-time greats, he’ll need to play another two or three years at the level he played before this past season.