Photo of Jaylen Watkins
5.29 ?
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 194LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


2013: Played in 12 games and started in nine (three at cornerback and six at safety). 2012: Played in 13 games and started in 11. 2011: Played in 13 games and started in eight. 2010: Played in 10 games, playing mostly as a gunner on punt returns. High school: Played quarterback and cornerback. Ran track and advanced to state championships in the 400-meter relay.



Nice size for a cornerback. Good fluidity and movement skills. Alert in zones. Flashes some playmaking ability. Versatile -- lines up as a corner, safety and nickel defender and plays on all special teams. Brother, Sammy, projects as a top-10 pick.


Thin-framed, small-boned and short-armed with minimal muscular development. Lacks ideal size and strength for a safety and quickness and burst for a corner. Average press strength to re-route receivers. Allows separation at break points -- late to transition out of his pedal. Too grabby. Selective hitter -- shows up in spurts. Not a physical tackler. Tends to propel his shoulder into ball carriers and needs to do a better job securing tackles.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

A fluid, loose-hipped, versatile cover man who projects to a No. 3 or No. 4 corner in the pros, Watkins could most ideally fit in the slot, with enough physicality to defend the run and fine short-area cover skills to match up with shifty receivers.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.