The 30 Best Pass Rushers in NFL History

28. T.J. Watt


Not many expected T.J. Watt to be this good. The former Wisconsin Badger was the 30th overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft — being selected behind several other pass rushers. The hybrid linebacker/end showed flashes as a rookie, but really broke out as a sophomore in 2018 when he collected 13.0 sacks en route to a Pro Bowl nod. He finished third, second, and finally first in Defensive Player of the Year voting from ’19-21 — collecting 52.0 sacks and 15 forced fumbles over 46 games. Watt’s ability lies in his versatility. He’s perfectly comfortable dropping back and helping in pass coverage, but is an absolute terror when running down hill and corralling quarterbacks.

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