Derek Watt Drafted by San Diego Chargers with No.198 Pick

A versatile, valuable commodity during his tenure for the University of Wisconsin, fullback Derek Watt gets the call in the sixth round in the N.F.L. draft, selected by the San Diego Chargers to join former Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon.

FB Derek Watt

Round Six, Pick No.198

San Diego Chargers

Bio Info

Pewaukee High School (Pewaukee, Wis.)

6-2, 236 pounds

4.77 40-yard dash

33.5-inch vertical

19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench

Wisconsin Career: Originally committed to Northwestern to play linebacker, Watt flipped his commitment went the Badgers offered him a grayshirt opportunity, which eventually was upgraded to a full scholarship. After redshirting in 2011, Watt was switched to fullback in fall 2012 and never looked back, starting all four seasons for the Badgers blocking for UW’s tailbacks and standing out on all four special teams units. Watt didn’t get a lot of touches but maximized them. In 2015, Watt had 15 catches for 139 yards and nine rushes for 45 yards.

Expert Breakdown: “Utility man deployed all over the field. Used as lead-blocking fullback in traditional rushing attack. Blocked from "I," off­set and tight end spots. Great radar to fit up on linebackers. Plays with desired toughness and dirty work mentality for the position. Shows no hesitation into iso blocks or when asked to take on defensive linemen. Solid in pass protection. Runs a quality route and had no drops this season. Runs through first contact after the catch. Work ethic and football IQ run in the family. Can offer immediate special teams work.

“Needs to add more beef to match­up with NFL size. Doesn?t have NFL­ juice as a lead blocker. Will need to improve angles and leverage as a lead blocker to offset lack of power. Half­strider who doesn?t have the acceleration or stride to create much separation out of his breaks as a pass catcher. Mostly a body catcher.

“Watt’s versatility will be appealing to offenses looking for hybrid types who help to disguise their offensive intentions. While he's not a hammer­head lead blocker who can blow holes open, he can handle his blocking assignments. Watt is an effective play-­action fullback who is a jack-­of­-all­-trades player, but master of none. Watt will likely be a third day selection by a team looking for a solid move­ fullback.” –

Watt Says: "Overall teams have been able to appreciate my versatility and just trying to show that I can do as many things as I possibly can. It's one of my strengths and what I'm going to continue to try and work on. Whether it be fullback, tight end, long snapping, whatever it takes, special teams, I'm going to do whatever I can to give myself the best shot."

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