Justin Watson   #17 WR

Height: 6-3   Weight: 215   Age: 23

Born: 4/4/1995 South Park , PA

College: Pennsylvania

Experience: 2nd season

High School: South Fayette HS [McDonald, PA]









Draft 2018

Pick No.144

Selected By: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round: 5

Pick (Overall): 7 (144)

Pick Analysis: This Pennsylvania native has become one of the most productive receivers in FCS history, covering over 1,000 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons. Watson was not offered scholarships by major programs (despite finishing in the top five in state history in receiving yards and touchdowns) until he committed to Penn, and he stuck with the Quakers even after ACC and Big Ten schools came calling. As a freshman, Watson contributed heavily in a reserve role (42 catches, 497 yards, two touchdowns in 10 games). He was a first-team All-Ivy League selection in 2015, finishing as runner-up for the conference's Offensive Player of the Year award (74 catches, 1,082 yards, nine touchdowns receiving; 10 carries, 154 yards, one touchdown rushing). Watson's play started to be noticed on a national level in 2016, as he was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the FCS's top player. He set school records with 89 receptions for 1,115 yards while scoring eight times (23 carries, 133 rushing yards). The Quakers also won the Ivy League title for the second time in three years with Watson on the squad. Not surprisingly, Watson excelled as a senior, again becoming a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, as well as a first-team AP FCS All-American and first-team All-Ivy League selection. He caught 81 passes for 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games.


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  1. Buccaneers select Justin Watson No. 144 in the 2018 NFL Draft

    Published: April 28, 2018 at 02:16 p.m.

    Lieutenant General CQ Brown announces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Pennsylvania wide receiver Justin Watson No. 144 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  2. Josh Allen dials up long ball to Justin Watson for 34 yards

    Published: Jan. 27, 2018 at 05:06 p.m.

    Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen dials up a long ball to Penn wide receiver Justin Watson for 34 yards.

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