Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Who are the 6-foot-4 225 pounds, Justin Watson?
Watson, I find to be very interesting of a research player after first discovering him from a video on Twitter. The video premier him at his Pro-Day at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was completely blown away from watching. He unofficially was timed at 4.35 in a 40-yard dash run, but later the time was corrected. (Watch Below)
Watson was disappointed that no major schools tried to recruit until he signed with the Penn Quakers. Watson is a receiver that played collegiality in the Ivy League, were he attributed to many accolades from his success. He was name to the All-Ivy League First Team, and the conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. In 2016, he was name a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top FCS’s player. He became a finalist to the Payton Award again his senior season in 2017, the AP FCS All-American and the All-Ivy League First Team. Big, productive receiver with good football character who has upped his draft slotting with a eye-opening pro day. Watson dominated corner-backs in the Ivy League, but may not have the suddenness to get off press or the acceleration to uncover against tight man coverage. His size and ball skills are intriguing, but he'll need to prove this his athletic testing can carry-over onto the field. He's a likely day three selection whose size, speed and explosion numbers could give him a bigger push than expected. Watson is a very productive receiver as he had 44 attempts, 339 yards, and one touchdown rushing, 286 receptions, 3,777 yards, and 33 touchdowns receiving, in his Quaker’s career. If football doesn’t work out for Watson, he can easily become a male model or fitness trainer, as his physical chiseled physique is amazing as one female broadcaster mentions.
Justin Watson Highlights
As Watson was not invited to the 2018 NFL Combine, Watson shows his strengths at his pro-day running 4.42 seconds in the forty, posted a 40" vertical leap that impressed just about everyone, 124” broad jump and 20 reps on the bench press. A tall and muscular frame that is already of NFL players, shields the defender, a plus at the next level. Has the ability to sinks his hips into breaks for sudden stops and awareness to drop feet near sideline to extend the play. Good skills in identifying and tracking the ball with catching over either shoulder. Have great strong hands with the ability to snatch the ball out the air whether thrown high or low. Fights for every ball thrown his direction, and defensive back nightmare on the 50/50 balls. A productive receiver at school that terrorized defenses, over 1,000 yards receiving three consecutive years.
Questions may circulate whether Watson can run a complete route tree at the next level, that displays stronger up field push into his routes playing at lower competition, will be concerns if he can become unglued from press coverage’s and releasing with clean separation. Need to work more on improving on his routes coming out the break, and after catching the ball, find a way to be elusive in the open filed.
At the 2018 Senior Bowl, had problems separating from athletic defensive backs.
How does he fit as a Ram?
Absolutely! Watson game can compare him to the Cooper Kupp, who was scouted heavily after the combine. The Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay kept his eye on Kupp and drafted him in the fourth round last season connecting well with Jared Goff. Watson's height alone can benefit him as a possession receiver on he outside or even in the slot. Has enough speed to be effective with slants, digs, and crossing route with a big body to shield defender. Can be a target in the red zone as well. Can be a project, but also can hurt some defenses with his size and strength. Stocked raised after his Pro-Day, was originally thought to be a seventh round selections or even a UDFA (Undrafted Free Agent).
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