2015 NFL DRAFT

Earl Watford, OG

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

01/11/2013 - James Madison's redshirt-senior offensive guard Earl Watford (Philadelphia,Pa./Simon Gratz) has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 19, 2013. Watford is the first player from JMU to receive an invite to this all-star game and first to play in an all-star game since 2006, as the Colonial Athletic Association will send three players to the game.

A redshirt-senior offensive guard, Watford was the top-rated offensive lineman for the Dukes, starting all 11 games while also serving as a team captain. Watford earned four top team All-America honors from The Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and The Sports Network. Also a First Team All-CAA selection for the second consecutive season, he allowed just one sack on the season while, under extremely stringent linemen grading, grading out 80 percent or higher six times and 90 percent or better twice.

Overall, he graded out at 85 percent for the season and had 25 knockdowns while leading an offense that ranked fourth in rushing offense in the CAA at 209.0 yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush. He blocked for Dae'Quan Scott, who ranked third in the CAA in rushing at 86.8 yards per game and earned Second Team All-CAA honors this year. Watford played in 43 games in his career, starting in 37 of them including the last 35 straight. - JMU football

01/09/2013 - James Madison's redshirt-senior offensive guard Earl Watford has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida on Jan. 19. Watford is the first player from JMU to receive an invite to this all-star game and first to play in an all-star game since 2006, as the Colonial Athletic Association will send three players to the game.

A redshirt-senior offensive guard, Watford was the top-rated offensive lineman for the Dukes, starting all 11 games while also serving as a team captain. Watford earned four top team All-America honors from The Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and The Sports Network. Also a First Team All-CAA selection for the second consecutive season, he allowed just one sack on the season. - Northern Virginia Daily

07/25/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): Offensive Line Earl Watford, Senior, James Madison, has been selected First Team Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the CAA head football coaches. A First Team All-CAA pick in 2011 and a 2012 Sports Network Preseason First Team All-American, Watford started all 13 games for the Dukes, helping propel the squad into the NCAA Division I Playoffs for the first time in three years. The redshirt senior helped the Dukes average 222.5 yards per game rushing, which ranked 12th nationally, and 4.7 yards per carry. - James Madison football

07/11/2012 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: Earl Watford, James Madison, G, Sr, has been selected Preseason FCS First Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. A First Team All-CAA pick in 2011, Watford started all 13 games for the Dukes, helping propel the squad into the NCAA Division I Playoffs for the first time in three years. The redshirt senior helped the Dukes average 222.5 yards per game rushing, which ranked 12th nationally, and 4.7 yards per carry. - James Madison football

 
 
LATEST NEWS
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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