Pros: Has decent feet and nice strength with potential as a run blocker. Does a nice job locking onto defender and finishes his blocks. Gets good position in the ground game. Has good mobility and is able to get out and block on the second level.
Cons: Needs to get stronger and show more pop off the snap. Occasionally whiffs or misses assignments out on the second level. Will struggle with speed rushers and doesn't consistently set up wide or deep enough in his drops.
Overview: Watkins is an effective blocker in Florida's spread system that projects well for a zone blocking scheme. Started at both tackle spots at Florida and even saw some time as a tight end during his sophomore year.
NFL Forecast: Watkins is a good prospect, but he'll need to be developed. He needs to get stronger and improve his technique and footwork in pass protection. But he has the potential to play multiple positions at the next level. I don't think he'll be an effective left tackle, but can play right tackle or guard. He'll work best in a zone blocking scheme, which could hide some of his ﬂaws both as a run blocker and pass protector. More than likely, Watkins will be a capable reserve, with the potential to be an OK starter down the road. But even if he lands a starting job, I doubt he's anything special. He'll be the type of guy that is good enough to keep his job for a few years, but eventually his team will replace him.
ATL Forecast: Watkins offers versatility, but is a few years away from contributing to the Falcons. He could serve as a decent backup that would probably be best developed as a right tackle behind Clabo. But unlikely to be an upgrade over Clabo in the future. He mainly just adds a nice backup right tackle option.
Value: Watkins is a solid mid-to-late round pick that doesn't have great upside as a starter. But I would target him in the fifth or six round.
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