Watts is a natural centerfield safety that has the range to play all over the field. He is consistently around the ball and disrupting passing lanes with his quick feet. Watts has really great anticipation and instincts when it comes to finding the ball. Watts is a quick-twitch athlete who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. He does a great job reading the quarterback to click and close on the ball. His feel for developing routes allows him to peel off his coverage and attack. He has really soft hands and the ability to be a ball hawking safety. He is an athletic safety with good feet and fluid hips. Can be a potential steal on day 2 or 3.
Watts will need to approve his tackling ability at the next level. There are too many times when Watts does not wrap up his opponent. Also Watts gambles too much at times and in the end will cost his teammates. He was a slight frame for a safety (5'10 202) also he has miss time with injuries on 3 different occasions in his career at A&M. At times, Watts is inconsistent and not always trust-worthy in run support, loses leverage in pursuit and overruns the play, and picks and chooses when to square up and tackle with technique.
Overall, Watts is an explosive athlete who has a nose for the ball. His ability to read the play and attack the football makes him a major turnover threat. There are not many defensive backs who have his ball skills and aggressiveness. He may lack the size you would want in a safety but he makes up for it with his aggressiveness. At the next level he will need to approve on his tackling and his ability to not rely on the big play. He does come with injury concerns after missing a few games in his career. There are too many feast or famine plays with Watts but that can be corrected. In the end Watts can become a starting free safety at the next level under the right system.
Watts is a very athletic safety that has the ability to come down and cover the slot, also tight ends as well. He is a quick-twitch safety who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. He is very flexible and has really good knee bend. Watts is fluid getting in and out of his breaks. Watts has the speed to turn and run with receivers, also he is very rangy in the back end. He has the ability to play the deep halves as well as the ability to stick with tight ends going down field. Watts is very explosive and can get to the ball in a hurry, which sometimes can cost him by over running the play. Watts has the feet and fluidity to line up in different spots. He has very good hand eye coordination which helps him turn and run with a receiver while having the ability to locate the ball.
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