Jaylen Watson

Jaylen Watson

Measurements
  • Height
    6020
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    197lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/4
  • Speed
    4.51
CB Combine Averages
  • Height
    5113
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    37
  • Weight
    192lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/2
  • Speed
    4.49
Jared Hammond - Scout
Jaylen Watson
  • Overall Rank
    249
  • Position Rank
    22
  • Position
    CB
  • Team
    WASHINGTON ST

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 JUCO JUCO JUCO JUCO JUCO All American
2018 JUCO JUCO JUCO JUCO JUCO All American
2019 RS RS RS RS RS RS
2020 3 13 2 0.48 0 1 TFL
2021 12 31 3 0.92 0 1 TFL

Build

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

Jaylen Watson possesses an above the line frame. Would enter the NFL and be one of the largest CBs. Above the line length in his arms, drop down to his knees. Hasn't missed significant time due to injury. Low cut with a tall and relatively lanky frame. Has room to add muscle.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 7.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Average toughness for the position. Allows blockers to bully him. Average instincts, there aren't many instances where he anticipates plays or routes. Adequate effort and motor.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Average explosion for the position. Adequate speed and possesses enough to chance down runs that break loose if he takes the right angle. Clunky mover who has average body control and pairs with average flexibility/bend because he shows stiffness. Average change of direction due to a lack of foot quickness. Average play strength and doesn't use his size to move receivers off their routes or get off blocks.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 5.2

Technical

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

Prior to the snap Jaylen Watson has a stiff stance. post snap when he moves into his average backpedal, he lacks bend at his hips and has stiffness as he backpedals. Receivers are able to turn him around and he struggles on routes that force him to flip his hips due to his average hip fluidity. If he diagnoses a run play, he is average in run support despite his frame and is a limited tackler close to the LOS but is an adequate tackler in coverage. He shows an adequate ability to plant and drive when pursising plays and once he's in range of the ball he showcases adequate burst to close. He's adequate in coverage. Struggles moving horizontally and will be a liability in man coverage due his limited ability to play it. He has adequate ability to play zone coverage, specifically cover 3. Average ball skill, struggles finding the ball in coverage.

  • Hip Fluidity
    5
  • Burst to Close
    6
  • Plant and Drive
    6
  • Run Support
    5
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    5
  • Backpedal
    5
  • Ball Skills
    5
Grade 5.4

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?
Jaylen Watson is a 15 game starter at the FBS level at Washington State with more starting experience during his time at community college. He's a redshirt senior who possesses a tall, low cut, lanky body which has room for him to add muscle. He has above the line length as well. His above the line size will significantly help his draft stock. His initial projection will be as a competent backup, with a ceiling to become a starting caliber player on the outside. Initially he will need to play special teams and will likely be a team's 2nd or 3rd string cornerback due to a lack of technical refinement. He plays best in a zone coverage scheme, specifically as a cover 3 cornerback because of his adequate speed. He runs better vertically than horizontally. He cannot be utilized in man coverage unless he refines his hip fluidity, flexibility/bend, and backpedal because of how stiff he plays. Late 4th, 5th round pick.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Utah
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • Good coverage snaps, 1 reception allowed, and had a fumble recovery.
  • iconWorst Game
  • v USC
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Struggled in coverage (9 receptions allowed) and struggled against larger receivers and finding the ball.
Best Trait
Size
Pro Comparison
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