Armani Watts Draft Profile

Armani Watts draft profile

Strengths:

  • Extremely athletic
  • Possesses above-average cover skills and soft hands
  • Has feet and fluidity to line up in man
  • Plays with instincts and timing
  • Anticipates and triggers to make plays outside of his coverage area
  • Recognizes opportunities to undercut routes and make plays on the ball
  • Good leaper with high-point ability

Analysis: Armani Watts was a four-year starter with the Aggies living up to his four-star recruiting status. He is smooth, athletic and plays with the instincts and ball skills to flip the field on the next level. His cover skills are elite when looking at some of the other safeties in this year’s draft–he can match up in man or own his area in zone coverage. He is highly instinctive understanding and diagnosing what is happening on the football field. He is aggressive at every level–sometimes that hurts him and his team but explosive plays can occur as well. He recognizes opportunities where he can undercut the ball and take it away. He plays like a wide receiver with his ball tracking and high-point ability.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks ideal size
  • Too many feast or famine plays
  • Inconsistent and not always trust-worthy in run support
  • Durability questions-missed games on three different occasions
  • Ankle tackler
  • Gets caught guessing on routes
  • Inconsistency at finishing plays costs his defense at times

Analysis: Armani Watts is a feast or famine player whose biggest faults are often self-inflicted and not due to a lack of talent or athletic ability. He does not possess the ideal size for the position and could stand to pack on some additional pounds in the NFL. His inconsistencies will slide him down some draft boards. On tape, he has taken poor angles to the ball carrier and does not give enough effort in run support. Too many ankle tackles instead of wrapping up–he won’t get away with that in the pros. In coverage, he has the ability to man up a lot of guys, but takes too many chances guessing on routes and when he’s wrong he gets burned.

What the scouts say: “He will get a lot better at tackling in the pros. Veterans demand more effort as a tackler so I’m not worried about that.” — AFC area scout

Size: 5’10 202lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd round

NFL Comparison: Xavier Woods

Draft Projection: Round 3

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