Earl Watford, OG

School: James Madison  |  Conference: COL
Hometown: Philadephia, PA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 300 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
14074-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.052.871.7724 308'11"5.007.77
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a lean, athletic frame. Good overall athleticism. Light on his feet and possesses good flexibility and body control. Good quickness off the snap and has the ability to adjust in space to moving targets, making him an ideal candidate for zone-blocking schemes. Bends his knees and generally plays with good leverage. Has the arm length (33 3/4 inches) and mobility to warrant a look at offensive tackle. Demonstrated better strength than expected during practices at the East-West Shrine Game, holding up well despite the jump in competition. Competitive. Doesn't back down from a challenge.

WEAKNESSES: Dominated lower level competition but relies more on technique, toughness and tenacity rather than brute strength. Can get pushed back into the pocket, especially when his pad level rises. Shows good -- but not great -- ability to adjust to defenders at the second level -- and that was versus CAA competition. Sometimes is too willing to prove his competitiveness and will play through the whistle, potentially earning flags at the next level.

COMPARES TO: Chris Chester, OG, Washington Redskins -- Like the former Oklahoma product, Watford projects best in a zone-blocking scheme due to his athleticism. Given time to acclimate to the jump in competition, he could emerge as a legitimate starter.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Watford projects best in a zone-blocking scheme due to his athleticism. Given time to acclimate to the jump in competition, he could emerge as a legitimate starter.
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04/17/2013 - 2013 James Madison Pro Day: Earl Watford vying to be James Madison's first draft pick since 2010...Representatives from seven NFL teams gathered at James Madison's pro day on March 18, where six players - joined by some from area small schools such as Virginia Military Institute and Norfolk State - worked out outdoors on FieldTurf.

Earl Watford, G (6-foot-3 5/8, 301) - Watford was at the NFL Scouting Combine, and kept his numbers posted in Indy. He did position drills only. Watford has 34-inch arms, which is long for a lineman.

James Madison hasn't had a player selected in the NFL draft since 2010 (when both linebacker Arthur Moats - by the Buffalo Bills - and return specialist Scotty McGee - by the Jacksonville Jaguars - were picked in the sixth round). The most famous James Madison alums to have played in the NFL are defensive end Charles Haley (a fourth-round draft pick in 1986) and Gary Clark (a supplemental draft pick in 1984). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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