After having a very quiet career with the Florida Gators playing with more highly-touted cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy, defensive back Jaylen Watkins excelled at the Senior Bowl and many believe Watkins will be the superior player in the NFL.
Watkins has also lived in the shadow of his brother, former Clemson Tigers’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who projects as a first round pick.
Although the media isn’t giving him more attention, scouts and draft pundits are.
According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and The National Football Post Watkins has visited the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, met privately with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions and has worked out for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots.
Watkins, who is 5’11 and 194 pounds, played both safety and cornerback for the Gators in 2013. Watkins made 133 tackles, including 52 last year, four for loss with three interceptions (one touchdown) and 24 passes defended in his four-year career.
He projects as a third round pick.