Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/NAM...DS#5PSTeamProspect-RRang...2012: NA...2011: NA/#9FS
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A four-star CB recruit, Watkins, who is the older brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, was thrust into the starting line-up as a sophomore and shared the starting duties the last three seasons.
While he was often overlooked due to the other top CB recruits at Florida, he was able to prove his versatility by starting at FS and seeing playing time all over the secondary to get on the field. Watkins appears comfortable in off man, press and zone coverage and looks natural down the field, but still has room to improve his awareness and anticipation.
He has light, controlled feet and does an excellent job in his backpedal and hip flip to stay in a WR hip pocket down the field. Watkins needs some refinement, but his natural talent always seems to shine through - top-75 cover man.
STRENGTHS: Adequate body type for the position with good arm length...light on his feet with smooth hips to quickly redirect and stay controlled in his movements...stays low in his pedal and transition, staying loose with natural reflexes to mirror and stay disciplined...nice job getting his head turned to find the ball and make a play...aggressive vs the run and won't shy from contact, throwing his body around with NFL toughness - scrappy, fearless style serves him well in coverage and run support...good pursuit speed and on-field motor...versatile experience with playing time at CB, S and on special teams coverage - 28 career starts (22 CB, 6 S).
WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal muscle tone and his overall strength isn't ideal to consistently shed blocks or finish in space...inconsistent ballskills and needs to come away with more interceptions when he get his hands on the ball...too hands on with bigger WRs and will get flagged for being too aggressive when the ball is in the air - needs to improve his catch point discipline...cover instincts and anticipation have improved over the years, but there is still much room for him to improve in this area...minor durability concerns, missing some time with bumps and bruises...was an off-and-on starter most of his career at Florida and was pushed down the depth chart - never separated himself as a clear-cut starting CB in Gainesville.
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.
Draft Scout Player News
12/30/15 - CB Jaylen Watkins, who is nursing a shin injury, was a full practice participant. With Byron Maxwell out, Watkins got a lot of playing time last week against Washington and will play a lot this week against the Giants as well.
11/27/15 - CB Jaylen Watkins was signed off of the Buffalo Bills' practice squad in the wake of Nolan Carroll's season-ending ankle injury. Watkins was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in the 2014 draft.
09/07/15 - S Jaylen Watkins was waived by the Eagles Saturday (Sept. 5) in the cutdown to 53 players and signed to the Bills' practice squad Monday.
12/30/14 - CB Jaylen Watkins, a rookie fourth-round pick, saw his first action of the season Sunday. He was matched up several times with Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham. He won some battles and lost some.
09/03/14 - CB Jaylen Watkins injured his hamstring Wednesday and didn't practice. Watkins, a rookie, is the team's fifth corner. His status for Sunday's game is uncertain.