Not every player gets invited to the NFL Combine, and for some, that hurts their draft prospects. But for Georgia Tech linebacker Brandon Watts, no combine was no problem.
The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Watts had gone pretty much unnoticed up until last Friday’s pro day, and throughout his career at Georgia Tech had been a very undervalued player. Watts came out to the Georgia Tech pro day last week and absolutely made himself noticed by the coaches and scouts on hand.
Watts finished his senior season after coming back from an injury with 66 total tackles (42 solo), and 3.5 tackles for loss. He added an interception, a pass break-up, a forced fumble, and 2.5 sacks to make himself absolutely invaluable to Ted Roof’s defense.
When you talk about guys having a “motor”, you’re talking about Brandon Watts. He’s always active and has great instincts. His gaudy numbers a his pro day prove that he’s got the ability to play on a professional level.
With his size and speed (he ran under a 4.5 forty), he’ll be an ideal linebacker for teams in 3-4 sets. He also has experience playing defensive back, so as an outside linebacker he’s very comfortable in pass coverage.
Most felt Watts would come out of this year’s draft as an undrafted free agent, possibly a seventh round pick. After continuing to improve through the 2013 season and then putting on a show at his pro day, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get taken as early as the fifth round.
There are a lot of teams in need of quality linebackers, and Watts could be a great project for them as well as an important part of special teams play.
Some NFL team is going to get a bargain when they pick Watts.
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