1. J.J. Watt
Justin James Watt is one of the most athletically gifted players in the NFL—the defensive end moves with cat-like agility and has the motor to chase down nearly any opponent. Watching Watt on the field it’s only natural to think: There’s no way a 6’5”, 289-pound dude should move like he does. And yet the Wisconsin Badgers product has helped transform what it means to be a defensive end—he won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards over his first five seasons and led the league in sacks in 2015 despite playing the season through multiple injuries.
We’ve already told you about how Watt trains to stay in such good shape, doing astonishing box jumps and flipping 1000-pound tires, all of which helps him dish out punishment on opposing quarterbacks. The 2011 first-round draft pick is such a hard hitter he doesn’t even need a helmet to make a sack, as illustrated by this absurdly quick hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith from 2015.Back to top