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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jaylen Watkins, CB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
81102-3
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Round 4/101 -- Jaylen Watkins, CB, 5-11, 194, Florida...Watkins played both corner and safety at Florida, but the Eagles plan to play him at corner. The Eagles had a second-round grade on him, but he slid to fourth round mainly because of an unimpressive 40 time at the combine and his Pro Day. Watkins is the half-brother of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles like his corner-safety versatility. - The Sports Xchange

05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 4/101 - Jaylen Watkins, CB, 5-11, 194, Florida...Watkins played both corner and safety at Florida, but the Eagles plan to play him at corner. The Eagles had a second-round grade on him, but he slid to fourth round mainly because of an unimpressive forty time at the combine and his Pro Day. Watkins is the half-brother of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was drafted in the first round by Buffalo. The Eagles like his corner-safety versatility. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 81/10. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida, 6-0, 194, 4.41, 2-3...Older half brother of Clemson wide receiver and top-10 draft prospect Sammy Watkins, Jaylen showed family's elite athletic genetics since he was a versatile football star at Cape Coral, Fla., High as dual threat quarterback, wide receiver and, oh yes, cornerback. Showed ability last season to play both corner and safety. At combine he clocked 40 yards in 4.41 seconds; 10 yards in 1.50 second and benched 225 pounds 22 times -- all better marks than his highly-rated little brother. Frankly: Watkins does not seem like a gamble as a natural football player with the chance of playing either cornerback or safety. Hey, how about emergency quarterback? - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Jaylen Watkins, Florida, 6-0, 194, 4.41...Older half brother of Clemson wide receiver and top-10 draft prospect Sammy Watkins, Jaylen showed family's elite athletic genetics since he was a versatile football star at Cape Coral, Fla., High as dual threat quarterback, wide receiver and, oh yes, cornerback. Showed ability last season to play both corner and safety. At combine he clocked 40 yards in 4.41 seconds; 10 yards in 1.50 second and benched 225 pounds 22 times -- all better marks than his highly-rated little brother. Frankly: Watkins does not seem like a gamble as a natural football player with the chance of playing either cornerback or safety. Hey, how about emergency quarterback? - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida (95, 13): The Chargers could easily focus on cornerback with either (or even both) of their first picks in the 2014 draft but asking any rookie to battle against Manning and Demaryius Thomas is going to be difficult. Watkins, the half-brother of Clemson's star receiver Sammy Watkins, is a highly competitive and very athletic corner who fought past high profile teammates Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson to emerge as Florida's most consistent defender the past two seasons. He followed that up with impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine, where he proved both fast (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and strong (22 reps of 225 pounds), showing off the well-rounded game which helped him star at corner and safety for the Gators. Watkins (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) isn't a big guy but he plays with tenacity and has a proven dedication to the weight room. An NFL nutritional program could help him add another 10 pounds to his frame. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the New Orleans' draft radar: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida: Florida's deep secondary will be well represented in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the best pro of the group might be Watkins, who is the older brother of Sammy Watkins. After lining up at cornerback and safety in college, he offers the intriguing versatility that will be attractive to NFL teams, appearing comfortable in off man, press and zone coverage. Watkins has light, controlled feet and does an excellent job in his pedal and hip flip to stay in the hip pocket of receivers down the field. His game needs some refinement, but the natural talent seems to shine through and would make an excellent draft choice in the third round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Round 4/101 -- Jaylen Watkins, CB, 5-11, 194, Florida...Watkins played both corner and safety at Florida, but the Eagles plan to play him at corner. The Eagles had a second-round grade on him, but he slid to fourth round mainly because of an unimpressive 40 time at the combine and his Pro Day. Watkins is the half-brother of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles like his corner-safety versatility. - The Sports Xchange
 

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