Photo of Derek Watt
Drafted By: Chargers
5.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

This is an interesting pick since Watt helped pave the way for Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin. The Chargers could utilize more two-back sets to get Gordon more comfortable in the run game. Watt is also no slouch as a receiver. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 236LBS. Weight


Watt isn't an athletic freak like his older brother and 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, but he'll be a tough cut from an NFL roster. While not a thumping fullback/H-back, he has the athleticism to find targets and create creases for excellent backs such as 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon. Watt is a solid receiver (15 catches for 139 yards this season) and can contribute on special teams as well, showing off the tackling skills he possessed as a second-team USA Today All-American high school linebacker. He played the second half of the 2014 season while recovering from a broken foot in the opener, but came back to stay healthy as a senior.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.79 and 4.77 seconds
Vertical: 33 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
Short shuttle: 4.32 seconds
Bench: 19 reps of 225 pounds



Utility man deployed all over the field. Used as lead-blocking fullback in traditional rushing attack. Blocked from "I," off­set and tight end spots. Great radar to fit up on linebackers. Plays with desired toughness and dirty work mentality for the position. Shows no hesitation into iso blocks or when asked to take on defensive linemen. Solid in pass protection. Runs a quality route and had no drops this season. Runs through first contact after the catch. Work ethic and football IQ run in the family. Can offer immediate special teams work.


Needs to add more beef to match­up with NFL size. Doesn’t have NFL­ juice as a lead blocker. Will need to improve angles and leverage as a lead blocker to offset lack of power. Half­strider who doesn’t have the acceleration or stride to create much separation out of his breaks as a pass catcher. Mostly a body catcher.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

NFL Comparison

Kyle Juszczyk

Bottom Line

Watt’s versatility will be appealing to offenses looking for hybrid types who help to disguise their offensive intentions. While he's not a hammer­head lead blocker who can blow holes open, he can handle his blocking assignments. Watt is an effective play-­action fullback who is a jack-­of­-all­-trades player, but master of none. Watt will likely be a third day selection by a team looking for a solid move­ fullback.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster