Scouting Report: Ben Watson

Outstanding athlete with great upside potential for the next level.

Full Name: Ben Watson School: Georgia

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 251 40: 4.48 Number: 89


2002: Third leading receiver on Bulldog team with 31 receptions for 341 yards.

2001: Played in every game including three starts, finishing with 11/187/1.

2000: Transferred to Georgia from Duke and sat out the season.

The Good: Outstanding athlete with great upside potential for the next level. Effective in all aspects of his position; quick off the snap, strong at the point and gets movement from blocks, working hard to finish off defenders. Gets out to the second level and annihilates linebackers or holds the point in pass protection. Fluid releasing into pass routes, decent route runner and always works to make himself an available target. Reaches back to grab the errant throw, displays soft hands and effective running after the catch.

The Bad: Must improve the finer points of blocking such as angles and the use of body positioning. Not often used as part of the passing game.

The Skinny: Though not a big part of the Georgia offense, Watson is a top athlete and good football player much further along than many give him credit for. Though he originally gave serious consideration to entering the 2002 draft, Watson did the smart thing and returned to Athens for his senior season. A much more complete version of former UGA tight end Randy McMichael.

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