Armani Watts

Texas A&M
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Prospect Info

College
Texas A&M
Hometown
Class
Forney, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
202 lbs
31”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.67
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Kansas City
Chiefs
Round 4 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
13
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Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
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3 Cone Drill
7.25
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.37
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Watts is a four-year starter for the Aggies, living up to the four-star recruiting status that accompanied him to A&M (he had nine interceptions as a high school senior to earn first-team Class 4A All-State notice in Forney, Texas). He led the team with three interceptions as a true freshman free safety in 2014, recording 59 tackles, two for loss, and nine pass breakups. Watts put up 126 tackles in 13 starts in his second year on the team, six of them going for losses, and he intercepted one pass while breaking up two others. Watts' junior campaign was cut short by a leg injury, but he still made 56 tackles, six for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in nine starts. He earned third-team Associated Press All-American and second-team All-SEC honors in 2017, starting 12 games, posting 87 tackles, 10 for loss, four interceptions, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Jimmie Ward
Overview
Watts is a feast or famine player whose biggest faults are often self-inflicted and not due to a lack of talent or athletic ability. He's smooth and athletic and plays with the instincts and ball skills to flip the field on the next level. Watts' success as a professional will likely depend on work ethic and consistency as a tackler.
Strengths
  • Very impressive athletic ability
  • Loose and flexible through lower body with ability to swivel and swerve around the field
  • Possesses above-average cover skills and soft hands
  • Has feet and fluidity to line up in man
  • Plays with instincts and timing
  • Recognizes opportunities to undercut routes and make plays on the ball
  • Has twitchy burst to break on throws
  • Anticipates and triggers to make plays outside of his coverage area
  • Good leaper with high-point ability
  • Rangy
  • Slick with ability to dart into crevices and find tackle angles near the line of scrimmage
  • Has striking ability
  • Able to blow up screen passes with downhill quickness
Weaknesses
  • Lacking ideal size and build
  • Has missed games on three different occasions
  • Too many feast or famine plays
  • Inconsistent and not always trust-worthy in run support
  • Loses leverage in pursuit and overruns the play
  • Picks and chooses when to square up and tackle with technique
  • Will opt for ankle-diving too frequently
  • Urgency in pursuit is lacking from the backside
  • Inconsistency at finishing plays costs his defense at times
  • Gets caught guessing on routes
Sources Tell Us

"He will get a lot better at tackling in the pros. Veterans demand more effort as a tackler so I'm not worried about that." -- AFC area scout

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GRADE
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