Photo of Jaylen Watkins
Drafted By: Eagles
  • Round 4
  • Pick 1
  • Overall 101

Combine Results

Grade
5.31 ?
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He is a corner who also has played safety. Watkins was the only one of three Florida corners who ran well at the NFL Scouting Combine. He can cover in the slot, will tackle and will be a special teams player on Day 1. This is the type of pick you want to start with on Day 3 of the draft." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 194LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Brother, Sammy, was a star receiver at Clemson and projects as a top-10 pick. Jaylen was a highly recruited Florida native who ran track in addition to playing cornerback and quarterback. Had surgery on his left quadriceps in April 2010. Appeared in 10 games as a true freshman in the fall, mostly as a gunner on punt returns, and recorded eight tackles, one pass breakup and zero interceptions. Missed spring practice in '11 after hernia surgery before posting 34-5-0 with one tackle for loss in 13 games (eight starts, including the last six) during the fall. Started 11-of-13 games at CB in '12 and tallied 39-8-3 with one tackle for loss. Returned his first career interception 26 yards for a score against Kentucky. In '13, registered 52-7-0 with two tackles for loss in 12 games -- made six starts at safety and three at CB. Hurt his right Achilles at the Senior Bowl, and did not do positional drills at the NFL Scouting Combine (medical exclusion).

Analysis

Strengths

Nice size and strength for a cornerback (22 bench-press reps at the combine). Excellent speed. Good fluidity and movement skills. Alert in zones. Flashes some playmaking ability. Versatile -- lined up as a corner, safety and nickel defender and played on all special teams.

Weaknesses

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 3-4

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
C
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.

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