Jaylen Watkins, CB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.412.56-22 ----
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A four-star CB recruit, Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, was thrust into the starting line-up as a sophomore and shared the starting duties the last three seasons.

While he was often overlooked due to the other top CB recruits at Florida, he was able to prove his versatility by starting at FS and seeing playing time all over the secondary to get on the field. Watkins appears comfortable in off man, press and zone coverage and looks natural down the field, but still has room to improve his awareness and anticipation.

He has light, controlled feet and does an excellent job in his backpedal and hip flip to stay in a WR hip pocket down the field. Watkins needs some refinement, but his natural talent always seems to shine through - top-75 cover man.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate body type for the position with good arm length...light on his feet with smooth hips to quickly redirect and stay controlled in his movements...stays low in his pedal and transition, staying loose with natural reflexes to mirror and stay disciplined...nice job getting his head turned to find the ball and make a play...aggressive vs the run and won't shy from contact, throwing his body around with NFL toughness - scrappy, fearless style serves him well in coverage and run support...good pursuit speed and on-field motor...versatile experience with playing time at CB, S and on special teams coverage - 28 career starts (22 CB, 6 S).

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal muscle tone and his overall strength isn't ideal to consistently shed blocks or finish in space...inconsistent ballskills and needs to come away with more interceptions when he get his hands on the ball...too hands on with bigger WRs and will get flagged for being too aggressive when the ball is in the air - needs to improve his catch point discipline...cover instincts and anticipation have improved over the years, but there is still much room for him to improve in this area...minor durability concerns, missing some time with bumps and bruises...was an off-and-on starter most of his career at Florida and was pushed down the depth chart - never separated himself as a clear-cut starting CB in Gainesville.

--Dane Brugler

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