- AProjectionRound 2
- Hand8 ¾
Strong Points: Possesses cornerback quickness, suddenness and speed. Very good range. Great ball skills and hands. Willing run-support player. Can play man coverage. Very good awareness and anticipation in zone. Four-year starter. Very instinctive; gets himself in position to make plays. Loose hips; turns quickly and transitions well. Has enough strength to take on and shed blocks.
Weak Points: Undersized for an NFL safety; needs to add some bulk. Though he makes many tackles, he also misses too many because of failure to consistently wrap up. Missed game in 2016 with injuries and didn't play in Aggies' 2017 bowl game because of a supposed injury.
The Way We See It: If he were a little taller and tackled with more consistency, Watts would be a sure-fire first-round selection. He has excellent overall speed and athleticism and makes plays on the ball in the deep middle or at the sideline. Can be a very good run-support player. Shows he can be a fiery competitor. His ball skills are as good as any. Has the man coverage skills to match up on a slot receiver. Can also be effective on blitzes. Watts most likely will be a free safety in the NFL and become very productive. He has to improve his tackling skills, but much of that is concentration because he does hit. Should start as a rookie. His lack of height may cause him problems with taller receivers.