When draft day comes around, do not try to predict the Seahawks. The only thing you can do is wait and see. For the last few years there has always been “that guy” who nobody saw coming. Luke Wilson, the 5th-round backup out of Rice, was the one in the 2013 draft class, and Russell Wilson the year before. About this time every year, fans are frantically scanning the internet for the latest mock on who will be the next “started from the bottom, now I’m here” guy. Well, you found the right place.
As you may be able to tell from the picture above, this player is Jaylen Watkins. Jaylen was third, yes, THIRD on the depth chart for Florida at corner. In high school, Jaylen competed at state for track and was ranked as a 4-star corner. Jaylen is just shy of 6 foot, but makes up for it with his speed (He runs a 4.41 40 yard dash).
Due to being lower on the depth chart, Watkins did move around a little. He played both corner and free safety. Many people list strength as one of Watkins’ few weaknesses, but that would be hard argument to uphold considering he had 22 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sadly, I’m not the only one who is crazy about Watkins:
Three Florida cornerbacks in this draft, give me Jaylen Watkins and his crazy fluid hips and top-tier speed.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 16, 2014