01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Defenders Ford, Watkins shine on Tuesday...The Southeastern Conference breeds future NFL stars and the South squad at the Senior Bowl has 22 players on the roster from college football's superior conference. And two former SEC players specifically stood out during Tuesday's practice: Auburn DE Dee Ford and Florida CB Jaylen Watkins. On the other side of the field, Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, put together a string of positive plays during drills, getting his hands on the ball on a few reps. He showed smooth feet and hip action to quickly redirect and get his body under control to mirror the movements of the receiver. Watkins also did a nice job getting his head turned around to find the ball, elevate and break up the play. He is noticeably lean and his lack of muscle showed up on tape, but he weighed in at 194 pounds and his scrappy style of play serves him well.
To say the least, Ford and Watkins are prospects who have made the most of this opportunity in Mobile thus far and are helping themselves in the eyes of NFL scouts and the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff. Purely hypothetical at this point, but Ford would be a viable candidate for the Jaguars in the second round for their "LEO" pass rush position and Watkins could be a target a round or two later to help the secondary. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, DEFENSIVE BACK: Arrow pointing up: Jaylen Watkins, Florida...Although he was often overshadowed the past few seasons by the Gators deep, talented secondary, Watkins is a quick-footed and fluid athlete himself. He lacks ideal muscle, but Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, is a tough, scrappy tackler. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - DL Damien Jacobs (sprained knee) and CB Jaylen Watkins (sprained foot) both suffered injuries in camp but are expected to return before the season opener Aug. 31 vs. Toledo. - The Sports Xchange
08/21/2013 - TOP FLORIDA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 5. DB Jaylen Watkins (6-0, 182, 4.48)...Watkins would start at cornerback on most teams and has throughout much of his career with the Gators (19 career starts), including 11 last year in a time-share with Roberson. This season the Gators are asking him to make the transition to safety to help replace departed starters Matt Elam and Josh Evans, each of whom is now in the NFL. Statistically speaking, Watkins was more impressive at cornerback last season than either Purifoy or Roberson. He recorded 39 tackles, eight passes broken up and led the group with three interceptions. He played in all 13 games in 2011 (starting eight) and posted 34 tackles and five pass breakups. Watkins possesses a lean, athletic build more suited to cornerback. He's a willing hitter, however, with good vision and closing ability, making it likely that he'll be able to successfully handle the transition to safety. The willingness to change positions during his senior season is a good indication of Watkins' selflessness and maturity. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com