Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 7/2/13

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is already on record as saying J.J. Watt is destined for the Hall of Fame.

Watt's teammate, linebacker Brian Cushing, has taken the praise a step further.

Appearing on ESPN's "Inside The Huddle" podcast last week, Cushing said the reigning Defensive Player of the Year could become the greatest defensive player ever.

"The things that he's going to be able to accomplish are unbelievable," Cushing said of the second-year defensive end. "When you talk about the potential that he has of really being the greatest defensive player ever, he could be. I know that's very premature but he's that kind of player. I think if he just keeps doing what he's doing and obviously stays healthy, he's on that track."

This prediction could indeed be "premature," but the feat in no way should be put past Watt.

The 24-year-old is a coming off a monster season in 2012, when he recorded a league-leading 20.5 sacks, made 81 tackles, deflected 16 passes -- birthing his J.J. "Swat" nickname -- and forced four fumbles.

Spectacularly, he did all of this while playing through a significant elbow injury.

"He's incredible. There's no other word for him," said Cushing. "He's one of those guys that he's truly the best at what he does. Just the combination of speed, the power, how he plays, his endurance, his smarts … the scary part is it's his second year. He hasn't even hit his peak yet."

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