Christian Watson

Christian Watson

Measurements
  • Height
    6040
  • Hand
    10 1/8
  • VJ
    38.5
  • Weight
    208lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/2
  • Speed
    4.36
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Peter Engler - Scout
Christian Watson
  • Overall Rank
    38
  • Position Rank
    7
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    23.1 Years
  • Team
    NORTH DAKOTA ST

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 14 9 165 4.7 0
2019 16 36 761 9.5 6 13/162/1 rushing
2020 10 19 443 7.9 1 22/118/0 rushing, 2 KR TDs
2021 12 46 883 7.8 7 15/114/1 rushing

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Outstanding height with above the line weight. Tighter shoulders with defined arms of above the line length. Outstanding hand size. Skinny frame and waist with average thighs. Had knee surgery in summer 2018, missing first two games. Missed three playoff games in 2021 with a hamstring injury, returning for championship.

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Adequate instincts, IDing coverages well and attacking DB's blindspot consistently. Flashes quick reactions. Above the line toughness, always pops directly up after big hits. Outstanding effort, running across the field to make blocks. Shows up in big situations. … Relatively simple route tree with few options. Shows some hesitation running over the middle and can lose focus when anticipating hit, leading to drops.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 7.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Outstanding foot speed with adequate body control. Adequate play strength as a blocker or to stiff-arm.… Build-up runner with average explosiveness. Limited COD and doesn't effectively drop hips.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Avoids Jam at the LOS with footwork and swipe. Quickly stacks v Press and pulls away with speed. Adequate IQ in routes, varying tempo to create separation and finding holes v Zone. Catches away from body, with high-level flashes of ball skills, making highlight-reel catches by adjusting body for toe-drag backshoulder or concentration/hand strength to catch behind DB's back. Tough ballcarrier who brings contact to defenders and always falls forward. Shifty enough to avoid low tackling attempts. Extremely high effort as a blocker, positioning hips well and extending aggressively. Potential at KR due to toughness and foot speed, gets more evasive with a head of steam. … Average release, with average accel and skewing stem. Shows limited COD at top of route, decelerating to make cut with average timing. Average ball skills, with inconsistency across the board in tracking, hand strength, concentration, and catching at extension. Doesn't show explosiveness to high-point ball. Average after the catch, some indecision on running lanes and lacking contact balance or agility to break tackles. Average ability to sustain blocks due to limited mirror. Lacks accel to be PR.

  • Ball Skills
    5
  • Suddenness
    5
  • Release
    5
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    5
  • Vertical Threat
    8
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    7
Grade 5.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
RS Senior who has started 33 of 52 career games, including all 12 in 2021. Two-star HS prospect at 6'2, 175 as a two-year letterman with NFL father and brother in FBS. Redshirted as a freshman. Immediately became a rotational receiver and worked into frequent starts as a RS sophomore and being named to All-MVC second team for championship-winning team. First-team All-American KR in 2020 and First-Team All-MVC WR, followed by 2021 second-team All-American WR and KR, reportedly reaching 23 mph in-game. Under OC Tyler Roehl (third season) and WRs Coach Noah Pauley (third season), player is a chess piece in a run-first traditional offense, primarily as the outside WR but also taking snaps (and carries) as a RB, a slot WR, and at multiple spots in Bunch. Lacks standout statistics due to scheme & decision-making of QB. Starting outside WR you can win because of in a spread or timing-based offense. Elite size/speed receiver who separates with IQ and speed, flashing high-level ball skills to reel in and motor to do the dirty work. Shows traits and experience to be above-average KR. Slow to get to top speed and lacks COD to separate at break. Inconsistent ball skills and has some injury history.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Missouri State
  • Oct - 23 - 2021
  • Simply running by defense, six catches for 178 yds and a TD
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT North Dakota
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Although not called for, didn't catch either of 2 targets
Best Trait
Size/Foot Speed
Pro Comparison
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