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In 2011, when it was the Texans turn to draft, I closed my eyes and prayed. "Please," thought I, "please draft Prince Amukamora, Rick Smith, or I will forever hate you."
When the Texans selected the under-the-radar J.J. Watt, you could imagine I was disappointed. My friends chided and made fun of me, and I prepared myself for another season of having an awful secondary. Of course, neither Johnathan Joseph nor Danieal Manning had been signed yet.
How foolish that all seems now, doesn't it?
Now, Amukamora is struggling to succeed on the New York Giants, and Watt is not just in the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year but also league MVP.
Watt has been simply incredible this season, and it is pretty clear that the Texans' general manager and coaching staff knew something I didn't on draft night two years ago.
Watt has done everything for the Texans' defense. He leads the league in sacks with 9.5 of them, and despite being regularly double and sometimes triple teamed, he he still manages to pressure the quarterback.
That is not the extent of Watt's game, however, as he is also famous for swatting the ball down at the line of scrimmage. Swatting down a pass that a quarterback believes he can complete is a huge momentum killer that can kill a drive.
Right now, Watt currently leads the league in passes defended with 10. Furthermore, four of those defended passes have turned into Texans' interceptions, one of them a pick-6.
Watt has single-handedly completely changed games for the Texans this season, and he more than deserves the top spot in these rankings.