2015 NFL DRAFT

Chris Watt, OG

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
237146-7

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.50--29 ----
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.503.081.91- -08'08"4.767.67

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Wide-bodied with a solid trunk. Balanced athlete with decent movement skills. Sinks and anchors well to absorb contact at the point of attack and hold his ground. Physical and won't shy from contact with powerful hands to redirect rushers and gain positioning - quick punch and uses his mitts in both pass protection and run blocking.

Extends well to keep rushers from his body and does a nice job in space to latch-and-drive. Tough competitor and leaves it all out on the field and is considered a high effort player by his coaches and teammates. Three-year starter with 37 career starts, all at left guard.

WEAKNESSES: Not the most natural in space with average footwork and needs to be quicker and more consistent when pulling or at the second level. Will struggle to mirror at times with so-so upper body and lower body reflexes - not the most reliable on an island. Sluggish at times working through the mud and needs to improve his reaction quickness.

Needs to be more aggressive with his hands in pass protection and his placement isn't a strength, struggling to properly control his limb movements. A few too many false start penalties on his resume. Some concerns with his right knee after a torn PCL (Oct. 2013), missing one game, then a first-degree sprain of the MCL (Nov. 2013) to the same knee, keeping him out of the Bowl Game and Senior Bowl - neither injury requires surgery.

COMPARES TO: Jim Cordle, OG, New York Giants - Like Cordle, Watt is able to create run lanes with his pop at the point of attack and ability to create movement with his energy and toughness.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Watt was a highly-recruited five-star recruit out of high school, choosing Notre Dame over offers from most top programs in the country. After redshirting in 2009 and serving as a reserve in 2010, he earned the starting left guard job as a sophomore and started 34 straight before his knee issues sidelined him for a few games as a senior in 2013. Watt is a strong run defender with physical hands and keeps his feet grinding at the point of attack to create movement.

He isn't the most agile in space and lacks ideal reflex quickness in pass pro - very average physical tools. Watt plays with a nasty temperament and gets the most out of his ability with his smarts, toughness and overall football character. His knee injuries late in his senior season create some durability concerns, despite not needing surgery - when will he be able to play as a rookie? Watt has his limitations that probably keep him from ever being an every-day starter, but he should provide quality depth at any of the three interior positions in the NFL.

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05/12/2014 - In another similarity to last year's draft, Telesco went to Notre Dame to get a player. Last year it was Te'o and he selected his former teammate, guard Chris Watt, in the third round. The Chargers can use the depth, although they did re-sign interior linemen Chad Rinehart this offseason and has decided, so far, to keep starting right guard Jeromey Clary. The team also has Rich Ohrnberger as a reliable backup. - The Sports Xchange
 

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