Eagles To Host DB Jaylen Watkins

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The Eagles are bringing in University of Florida cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins for a visit, according to an NFL source. He is expected to arrive in Philly on April 2.

Watkins (6-0, 194) is the brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is projected to be a top-10 pick. Jaylen started nine games for the Gators this season — three at cornerback and six at safety. He finished the year with 52 tackles and seven passes defensed. The Cape Coral, Florida native had three interceptions while with the Gators — all of them coming in 2012.

Watkins ran a 4.41 40-time at the combine.


Here is NFL.com's take:

Strengths

Nice size for a cornerback. Good fluidity and movement skills. Alert in zones. Flashes some playmaking ability. Versatile -- lines up as a corner, safety and nickel defender and plays on all special teams.

Weaknesses

Thin-framed, small-boned and short-armed with minimal muscular development. Lacks ideal size and strength for a safety and quickness and burst for a corner. Average press strength to re-route receivers. Allows separation at break points -- late to transition out of his pedal. Too grabby. Selective hitter -- shows up in spurts. Not a physical tackler. Tends to propel his shoulder into ball carriers and needs to do a better job securing tackles.

He is projected to go in the second or third round, according to CBS Sports.

Chip Kelly likes versatile players that can line up all over the field. That is part of the reason why the team was interested in signing Malcolm Jenkins. Seems like Watkins could potentially bring that element to the table as well. He also played some special teams while with the Gators.

Here is some footage of Watkins from a 2012 game against LSU, courtesy of DraftBreakdown:

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  • ODBorBustAllDay

    Philly teams have a bad track record with the “other” brother.

    • Alex

      Danny sure ruined it for everyone else named Watkins. Pass solely on name.

    • Philly0312

      Hahaha. ..agree entirely

  • GEAGLE

    Can’t see him being who we select in rounds two or three….not in this draft class

    • travis papa

      If pick up an extra 3rd trading out of the 1st or if he falls to the 4th. Who knows maybe he becomes a player & Sammys career doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to & a team lets him walkhe would have a great recruiter in his ear.

      • GEAGLE

        I expect 3 front 7 additions before a DB

        • travis papa

          You already have one in Joe Kruger who was redshirted to this yr. I think no matter how you cut it BPA is going to end up being a pass catcher, a front 7 guy, and 2ndary guy in the 1st 3 rds in no particular order that’s what we walk away with

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Id rather take Dennard in Round one than Kelvin.

          • Richard Colton

            probably won’t be there, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be a choice between the two. Dennard will go top 15 with a slight chance of falling to #22. If the Eagles covet both players and Dennard falls, they could take one at #22 then possibly trade up to take the 2nd in the middle of round two.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            I think this draft is gonna baffle all the “experts”. Between the QBs falling and WRs going all over the place. There’s gonna be a few good players who slide. One things for sure, it’s a terrible year to have just 6 picks

          • Richard Colton

            Always. Two things I know – good players will slide, and nobody knows nothing.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            Can you imagine the 15 minutes of fear and trepidation we’d all feel if somehow Manzel fell and was still on the board at 22? Just sitting there hoping Chip sticks to the plan and doesn’t get nutty. Yikes.

          • Tikkit

            Yup. Kelvin reminds me of those bums Malcolm Kelly, James Hardy, and Limas Sweed.

        • mksp

          Not gonna happen. CB class is pretty strong, its a need, and the run feels like its gonna start late 1st w/ guys like Kyle Fuller after Dennard/Gilbert are off the board.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            It’s a need because of soon to expire contacts. Otherwise I’m “fairly”comfortable with the guys they have. I’d be very comfortable with the corners if the front 7 could rush the passer.

          • mksp

            Its a need because we need to eventually improve the talent at CB. I don’t expect a CB we draft to start as a rookie. But next year he steps in for CW who will be cut for cap reasons.

            A Lito/Sheldon/Lewis draft wouldn’t shock me this year to be honest.

          • ODBorBustAllDay

            It should with 4 starting caliber cbs on the roster. None of them are Pro Bowlers but they’re all good enough to win. Fletcher is in a contract year now. Williams, Boykin, and Carroll’s deals expire in 15. Yes they’ve painted themselves into a “corner” as far as need, but you also need an olb, a NT, a DE, depth at o-line, a safety, and now a wr. And they only have 6 picks. You should be flabbergasted and angry if they take 3 dbs in the draft. J-ROLLLLLLLLL GRAND SLAM! Sorry

          • Eagles1018

            You have the best name on the board. I’m sold on ODB and Kiper called him to Philly in his 1st mock. Fingers and toes crossed

          • Joe from Easton

            That’s a proposition that has me salivating, however I don’t see it going down.

        • Michael Myers

          nope…over/under at 1.5 for me…and ill take under with 1

          • Michael Myers

            to be clear, one front seven be4 a db…

    • Eagles1018

      He’s clearly afraid of contact. I can’t see him being selected in any round. Maybe UDFA. That shoulder tackle crap is lame. And his pick was based on an over throw not like he read the qb and jumped a route.

      • Mr. Magee

        I’m certainly no expert on talent but yeah, I was not impressed with those clips. Definitely likes to tackle high, and wasn’t “shut down” coverage-wise…

    • CJ

      Unless they go for a high end CB early, I don’t any CB investment in the first 3 rounds. I could read the same bio of a guy rated in the 5th or 6th round. I like the top 4 corners this team has, and while I wouldn’t mind a developmental pick/s to supplant Marsh and Roc, I wouldn’t burn a 2 or 3 on this guy.

      WR, Front 7 and a safety in the first 4 rounds, please and thank you. Nothing else, and preferably a safety that isn’t slightly less afraid of contact than this guy. I want someone that can and will hit people.

    • cliff henny

      awful lot of weaknesses vs strength to be 3rd rounder. can see why he’s on radar, versatility.

      • RIP illa

        Don’t believe NFL.com scouting reports. I don’t know who does them but the reports are so lazy and contradicting.

      • GEAGLE

        Want versatility, draft the safety From asu in round 6, he has played every position in the secondary…this kid in the 3rd would be a travesty

    • anon

      It sort of makes sense if he can play everywhere in the secondary. Seems to be what they want instead of positional studs.

      • GEAGLE

        No it doesn’t

  • GEAGLE

    Look at that, an article that doesn’t Include Jaccson…
    ..
    Thank you McManus, unders was the right call

    • G_WallyHunter

      Yipppeeeeee!!!

    • Ark87

      Weaknesses:
      Thin-framed, small-boned and short-armed with minimal muscular development. Lacks ideal size.

      Oh he’s there, I’m on to you McManus.

  • aub32

    I hope this guy isn’t the Casey Mattews of Sammy Watkins.

    • cliff henny

      sooner or later Philly has to get the correct brother, right? law of averages comes into play at some point, doesn’t it? Kruger’s brother went to Cleveland wastelands, so maybe he’s the best candidate to break the curse

      • LookinAtMyGucci

        Well, if it’s Kruger, then I definitely don’t have my hopes up for Watkins.

  • Eagles1018

    I feel so stupid. I just watched an ODB film against Georgia. Holy crap if he’s there at 22…….

    • Septhinox

      He’ll be there at 22 possibly 2 or 3 times…

    • CJ

      The only scenario I don’t see us taking ODB at 22 if he’s there is if 1) Evans is too, or 2) he and Cooks are still there, they may get cute, trade back and hope one’s still there and pick up a pick in the process. I can’t say I’d disagree with that approach, we need more picks and that’s one way to get some, but that’ll be an excruciating half hour if that’s what they do.

      As in, as stressful as it was back in 2010 when they traded up and it took like 5 minutes to find out who the pick was, and I was freaking out because I wasn’t sure if they moved up for Thomas or JPP and was screaming at the TV for Thomas. Hopefully with a better outcome this time though.

      • cliff henny

        maybe they can trade, then have multiple announcers recap it incorrectly a dozen times for 15 minutes, like NBA with jrue/noel trade…that was fun

    • Tikkit

      You aren’t kidding. He KILLS it on the field.

    • Token

      I didnt come away impressed with that game at all. I feel crazy cuz it seems like everyone loves the kid.

      Just dont see the separation. Plays slower than his time. Great hands tho. I view him as a nice compliment WR. Dont see him being THE guy, stud type player in the NFL. And I dont see Chip drafting a WR his size early. Think he wants a big frame and there are plenty to choose from.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Given Howie’s mantra of “Best Player Available/Don’t Draft for Need” and Chip’s penchant for the running game, how crazy would it make you if he and Howie had all their WR picks off the board at No. 22, so they’ll just take a guard? Bizarro World, I know, but would some of you just explode if their BPA was an O-lineman?

    • JosephR2225

      Where they are picking it would mean either one of the tackles (Robinson, Matthews, Lewan, Martin) tumbled into their laps. Sua-Filo would be a reach at 22. It doesn’t seem likely to me, but if one of those four guys fell I can see them doing it. OL is underrated as a need for this team, with three of them north of 30.

      • Richard Colton

        I typically get pilloried for this, but I wouldn’t sleep on Martin. He’s been mocked in the 15-20 range; he certainly could fall to #22. Would have to be in the conversation there, as would the other guys you mentioned. Su’a Filo I like as well, but #22 (as you say) is too high.

        • JosephR2225

          I don’t have any objection to taking a tackle, Martin is just small for a tackle. He’s only 6’4, 308 and has really short arms. He’s definitely athletic, but if they take him I imagine they would want to move him inside to guard and, frankly, I would rather reach for Su’a-Filo.

          • Richard Colton

            Yeah – it’s his versatility and athleticism I think they would like, as a guard in year 1-3, then moving to RT in year 3 or 4. Worse case scenario is we have a very deep Oline. I think Martin’s floor AND ceiling are extremely high.

  • Will

    Thanks Tim nice work keeping us posted on whom the Eagles bring in for private work outs…

  • GEAGLE

    Draft Game:
    Traded the 22nd pick all the way down to Rd2 #9 and also got Rd2 #10:
    RD 2:
    #9′Demarcus Lawrence OLB Boise (Chip shuts everyone up about not being able to deal with Knuckleheads)
    ..
    #10 Donte Moncreif WR
    ..
    #22 traded all the way down to Rd3 #6 and also got #12
    ..
    RD3:
    #6 Jordan Mathews WR
    ..
    #12 Marcus Smith OLB
    ..
    #22 Telvin Smith cover LB for subpackages

    RD4
    #22 Traded Back to #27(also got RD6 #4) and drafted CB Antoine Exum with the 27th pick

    RD5
    #22 Brent Urban DE

    RD6:
    Traded #4 for 16 and 27
    #16 Coke Lyerla TE Oregon
    #27 Taylor Hart DE Oregon(great value IMO)

    RD7
    #22 DAT
    ….
    Made sure I took one of the more Polished WRs in Mathews who can contribute day 1, and I took a guy with Crazy upside who could take a year of development before paying off in a Major way in Da Monsta Moncrief…
    Adding a 6’2 220lb who runs a 4.4 and a polished 6’3 213lb who ran a 4.46 (doesn’t hurt that he is a relative of jerry Rice lol without providing the other brother curse of philly lol)…

    • cliff henny

      why do you guys play that game? did Wiggins go pro?

      • GEAGLE

        I believe so. He is moments away from making announcement but everyone talking like it’s a foregon conclusion

        • cliff henny

          he should. guys guaranteed in lottery, especially top 5 are insane not to declare.

          • GEAGLE

            Staying in school does nothing for him…a kid like him, either comes out as a freshman or should stay til like Junior senior year…it’s going to take him a few years for his body to mature, staying an extra year in college won’t do much for him at all, plus his game is way better suited for the NBA

          • cliff henny

            forget that, think of the money they miss out on. work for free, work for millions. NCAA drives me nuts. and don’t want to hear education, we’re talking top 5-10 picks, instant millionaire. 2nd rounders, yeah, they need to stay, well, not this year since hinkie has 15 of them

          • GEAGLE

            No I def agree that staying in school is ridiculous..but if you aren’t coming out as a freshman, you may as well go the Duncan route,…staying two years does nothing for you…Marcus Smart ruined his life going back to school lol

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah it’s official

        • cliff henny

          step 2 down, tank is thoroughly completed, now root for freaking pingpong balls. NBA is ridiculous

          • GEAGLE

            Did Jabari announce his intentions? As long as him, Exum of Randle come out, we really can’t lose…

            I know Randle isn’t sexy, but that kid is skilled, driven and plays with an insanely high motor for his size. I could see the advance statistically based Hinkie liking him…I could also see certain team preferring Vonleh and Randle slipping to like 7…

            Really hoping the pelicans deliver like 7 or 8…but worst case scenario we can scoop McBuckets who should really help out MCW penetrate and kick it out to STROKE-a-hontas McBuckets…or we can continue the trend of Mega athletes with length and go with jerami Grant..International size/stroke route of Dario Saric
            ….
            If we take Embiid…I would hope we can use Thad to move up for Exum, or have Marcus smart fall to the pelicans pick…

            If we can’t use Thad to move up and get to like 4-6 range, Hopefully he gets us the 20th pick….also hoping a team picking around 25 either has no roster spots or can’t afford a first round pick and we get their first like we did when Miami let us draft Moultrie(thanks DC lol)
            ..
            Either way round two should be a lot of fun…hoping the less upside SG Harrison twin falls to round 2…

            Also wouldn’t be surprised if Hinkie tries to get Aaron Gordon with the pelicans pick…high Charecter kid Hinkie can count on to put in work, and all the athleticism we could ever ask for…
            ….
            We finally made it thru this season of Hell, let’s hope this investment pays off in a favorable draft lottery outcome

          • cliff henny

            want Wiggins and Vonlah/Gordon. with Noel and MCW, that will be one fun team to watch. I don’t know how good they’ll be, but with Wooten and couple other athletes, they’ll pressure and run boring old east right into the ground.

          • GEAGLE

            Wiggins and Gordon would be real dope

            Round two will be alot of fun

          • cliff henny

            not sure I’ve ever watched 2rd 2. my guess is the 2 guys I recognize, then euro-stash.

    • Richard Colton

      Be honest – if all we got was your round 3, you’d be the happiest guy in Philly.

      • GEAGLE

        Damn right…

        Trading from #22 all the way down to #9 in round 2, wonder what you would get in this draft? That’s like 20 spots..You probably wouldn’t get #9 and #10 but it could fetch two two’s like 10 and 27….doubt you would get less then rd2 10 and RD3 7

    • #1GeagleFan

      So in this scenario, who do you have stealing third downs from cole (like you were saying the young rolb would do 1st year)?

  • GEAGLE

    Hoping to come away with
    Antoine Exum CB and Jonathon Dowling S but Late in the draft. Dowling you may be able to get in the 6th, but I struggle trying to figure out where the hell Exum is going to go

    • RIP illa

      Why would you want Exum for CB? He looks like his injury has slowed him down a bunch and lacks the length that Davis is reported to prefer.

      • GEAGLE

        6ft almost 220lbs..played 3 seasons of FS, before moving to CB. Obviously im expecting him to return to form another year removed from injury and with the help of the wizard Hulls…

        As a junior he was a seriousl size/speed freak who was really strong in press coverage…gunner experience….If he doesnt regain his junior year speed, I can still see him developing into a cary Williams type down the road…its all about where he is drafted…i wouldnt want him in the 3 or 4th but, if a kid who had 2nd or 3rd round upside as junior falls to the 6th because he hasnt overcome his injury yet, id take a flier…doesnt regain that speed then Billy can move him back to Safety, then again I can also see a team drafting him intending him to play safety….Kid has a crazy muscular frame and can easily get up to a chizzled 220lbs at 6ft..Like his value as a 6th rounder is all

        • RIP illa

          Yeah watching at the combine and I was impressed with his pure size. I immediately was think it wouldn’t hurt to have him at Safety. 4.5 guy, bad footwork, and bad hips (per combine). I think he goes 4th-6th if he stays at CB. I can’t see how any team would want or pick him as a 2nd-3rd rounder with all the other CBs that seem to have way more potential and better attributes than him. Thought he was like 5’10, barely 5’11.

        • RIP illa

          Nope, must I been thinking of someone else when it comes to height. You were right. 6ft 213 4.59. I don’t want a safety drafted that runs that slow.

  • Maggie

    When listing the strengths and weaknesses, nfl.com sounds like they are talking about 2 different guys!

  • RIP illa

    NFL.com scouting reports seem to be getting worse and worse. Watkins has the length and speed (which we need more of in our secondary) and has some potential. Not overly impressed by his coverage ability, but as a day 2 pick, we could do a hell of a lot worse. It’s hard to develop DBs in this day and age, but Watkins shows that there’s something there to work with. Yet still strikes me as being really raw.

    I won’t be happy until I hear that we bring in Phillip Gaines for a private workout and draft him. I need him in my Eagles life!!!

    • GEAGLE

      Stay on that site and read exums

      • RIP illa

        Lol. Yeah I saw it. They described a guy that would have a near perfect report for a FS, with the exceptions they gave high praise of his position movement skills. Wish he showed that during the position drills at the combine. I was rooting for him before we got to the evaluation process. But now I just think there more interesting prospects. If we hadn’t made the moves we had this offseason at S, I would have loved to pick him just to see him throw his body into a receiver coming over the middle one time. With that build…man, looks like he should be able to kill a guy or two.

      • RIP illa

        Path to The Draft is goin to be focusing on the Eagles tonight…finally. Get yo popcorn ready!

        • jcwhy

          how do I watch that? online or comcast?

          • RIP illa

            I’m not sure man. I got direct tv. But isn’t NFL network on comcast, and especially since they bought out TW?

          • jcwhy

            nice, thanks

        • Eagles1018

          Don’t get mad when they mention “what’s his name” leaving like 30 times

          • RIP illa

            That’s hilarious, cuz I could care less. It’s ridiculous fans that I have a problem with.

            EDIT: could care less if they mention his name. And as far as DJax being gone…what’s done is done. Only one way to move now

        • oreofestar

          I get to here the dumbasses who say corner is our biggest need tired of seeing Dan and Charles mock corners to us even reaches, like Dennard ok at least it is decent value even though not a real need but Fuller, and Roby and Verrett and every corner is mocked to us we got Carroll, Boykin, Fletch and Will we got a decent droup

          • RIP illa

            Yeah it’s really annoying. Now that we got Carroll, which was a move I loved, we can def hold off on cb for a bit. I still want the to draft one this year, since we got nothing out of the weak class last year. Plus I’m tired of us never being able to have homegrown CBs lately, with the exception of Boykin. And our depth at the position has been non existent for the past 3 seasons or more.

          • oreofestar

            I want us to reshirt Colvin for a year kid is going to be great

  • GEAGLE

    Eagles signed OT from Texans drafted by Dolphins in 09

  • Will
    • Gil

      Mike Evans is a beast, he will be unstopable in Kelly’s offense…..they have to figure out a way to trade up to pick #10-14.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    he better start wrappin up on tacklers. plus I heard hes in a gang

    • Neanderthal

      He is trying to stay away from gang tackling.

  • Joe L

    Strengths- Nice Size

    Weaknesses- Thin framed, small boned and short armed

    So what exactly was the “nice size” remark about?

    • Jeff Asay

      Height?