By Jay Skurski
Position: Offensive tackle
School: Florida State
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 310 pounds
40 time: 5.29 seconds Vertical: 24.5 inches 3-cone drill: 8.31 seconds
Draft projection: First-second round
Lowdown: Has only one season of major-college football, but has great size and athleticism. Shows good quickness, mobility and range. … Has long arms (34 inches), which he locks onto defenders. … Gets down the field quickly to the second level.
The aforementioned one season of major-college football means Watson is awfully raw. He has just 20 games of experience at any level. … Does not get off the snap well. … Slow to pick up on his assignments. Will be 25 in his first season, which is older than ideal for a rookie. … Gets sloppy with his hand placement, which can lead to holding penalties.
Path to the NFL is as interesting as any prospect in the ’13 class. Grew up in Manchester, England. Was raised by a single mother with three other children, and the family had significant financial struggles. … Played soccer, rugby and basketball as a kid. … Came to the United States to play basketball at Marist, but lasted only one season. Watson took up boxing after that, before going to Saddleback Junior College in 2011, where he played football for the first time at 23. In just one season there, he became a major-college recruit. Chose Florida State in January 2012 and gave up just one sack at right tackle for the Seminoles. Declared for the draft a year early to help support his family.
He said it: "I love to study, I love to learn new things. It's dedication. I haven't been to a club or a bar in two years. I've been dedicated to football 100 percent. That's part of the reason I decided to come out, too. So I could dedicate every single minute of every day to football."
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