Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/NAM...DS#5PSTeamProspect-RRang...2012: NA...2011: NA/#9FS
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STRENGTHS: Watkins possesses a lean, athletic build more suited to cornerback. He's a willing hitter, however, with good vision and closing ability, making it likely that he'll be able to successfully handle the transition to safety. The willingness to change positions during his senior season is a good indication of Watkins' selflessness and maturity.
Appeared in 48 games, with 28 starts, in his career at Florida.
Played a versatile role in the Gators’ defensive backfield as a senior, playing cornerback and safety…Started three games at corner and six games at safety…The team’s third leading tackler on the season, with 52 tackles (31 solo)…Second on the team with seven pass breakups…Led the team in tackles in three games (Tennessee-7, Kentucky-10, Missouri-8)…Earned the team’s Gene Elleson Community Service Award…Named a captain on senior day against Florida State.
Appeared in all 13 games and started 11 contests…Recorded 39 tackles on the season, totaled three interceptions and notched eight pass breakups…Grabbed his third interception of the season against Missouri, also had four tackles in the game…Recorded five tackles against South Carolina and Jacksonville State apiece…Had his second interception of the season with a pick against LSU and added four tackles in the game…Received the College Football Performance Award – Week 4 (DB) after recording his first career interception and returning it for a touchdown against Kentucky, also had two tackles against the Wildcats.
Played in all 13 games, making eight starts, including starting the last six games of the season…Finished his season with 34 tackles and five pass breakups…Made multiple tackles in nine games…Tallied a tackle for a 12-yard loss against Florida State…Registered five tackles against Vanderbilt…Recorded a career-best six tackles at Kentucky, in his first career start.
Saw action in all but three games (Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia), mostly as a gunner on punt returns…Notched three tackles in the 2011 Outback Bowl victory over Penn State…Tallied two tackles in the home win over Appalachian State…Recorded his first career tackle and pass breakup in the win over USF…Saw action against Miami University in the season opener.
A dual threat who played quarterback and defensive back at Cape Coral…The No. 4 cornerback prospect according to Scout.com…Participant in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio…Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine…Led Cape Coral to an 11-1 record in his senior season, advancing to the FHSAA 4A Regional semifinals…Passed for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 928 yards with 10 touchdowns…Also had 29 receptions for 461 yards and five touchdowns…Named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 16 Player of the Year in 2009…Tallied 71 total tackles with 36 solo, three interceptions and a fumble recovery a junior, while also rushing for 329 yards and five touchdowns and passing for 419 yards and another five touchdowns as a part-time quarterback…Named all-area first-team and FSWA 5A second-team all-state in 2008…Ran track at Cape Coral and advanced to the 4A Track Championships in the 4x100 relay…Chose Florida over Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and Wake Forest…Coached by Mike Goebbel.
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04/21/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Jaylen Watkins, Florida, 6-0, 194, 4.41...Older half brother of Clemson wide receiver and top-10 draft prospect Sammy Watkins, Jaylen showed family's elite athletic genetics since he was a versatile football star at Cape Coral, Fla., High as dual threat quarterback, wide receiver and, oh yes, cornerback. Showed ability last season to play both corner and safety. At combine he clocked 40 yards in 4.41 seconds; 10 yards in 1.50 second and benched 225 pounds 22 times -- all better marks than his highly-rated little brother. Frankly: Watkins does not seem like a gamble as a natural football player with the chance of playing either cornerback or safety. Hey, how about emergency quarterback? - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/17/14 - Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida (95, 13): The Chargers could easily focus on cornerback with either (or even both) of their first picks in the 2014 draft but asking any rookie to battle against Manning and Demaryius Thomas is going to be difficult. Watkins, the half-brother of Clemson's star receiver Sammy Watkins, is a highly competitive and very athletic corner who fought past high profile teammates Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson to emerge as Florida's most consistent defender the past two seasons. He followed that up with impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine, where he proved both fast (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and strong (22 reps of 225 pounds), showing off the well-rounded game which helped him star at corner and safety for the Gators. Watkins (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) isn't a big guy but he plays with tenacity and has a proven dedication to the weight room. An NFL nutritional program could help him add another 10 pounds to his frame. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
04/15/14 - Five players who should be on the New Orleans' draft radar: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida: Florida's deep secondary will be well represented in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the best pro of the group might be Watkins, who is the older brother of Sammy Watkins. After lining up at cornerback and safety in college, he offers the intriguing versatility that will be attractive to NFL teams, appearing comfortable in off man, press and zone coverage. Watkins has light, controlled feet and does an excellent job in his pedal and hip flip to stay in the hip pocket of receivers down the field. His game needs some refinement, but the natural talent seems to shine through and would make an excellent draft choice in the third round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Defenders Ford, Watkins shine on Tuesday...The Southeastern Conference breeds future NFL stars and the South squad at the Senior Bowl has 22 players on the roster from college football's superior conference. And two former SEC players specifically stood out during Tuesday's practice: Auburn DE Dee Ford and Florida CB Jaylen Watkins. On the other side of the field, Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, put together a string of positive plays during drills, getting his hands on the ball on a few reps. He showed smooth feet and hip action to quickly redirect and get his body under control to mirror the movements of the receiver. Watkins also did a nice job getting his head turned around to find the ball, elevate and break up the play. He is noticeably lean and his lack of muscle showed up on tape, but he weighed in at 194 pounds and his scrappy style of play serves him well.
To say the least, Ford and Watkins are prospects who have made the most of this opportunity in Mobile thus far and are helping themselves in the eyes of NFL scouts and the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff. Purely hypothetical at this point, but Ford would be a viable candidate for the Jaguars in the second round for their "LEO" pass rush position and Watkins could be a target a round or two later to help the secondary. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/14 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, DEFENSIVE BACK: Arrow pointing up: Jaylen Watkins, Florida...Although he was often overshadowed the past few seasons by the Gators deep, talented secondary, Watkins is a quick-footed and fluid athlete himself. He lacks ideal muscle, but Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, is a tough, scrappy tackler. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com