Finding Broncos: Scouting Fullback Derek Watt

A younger brother of an NFL star is up next. Is this Badger prospect anything like his older brother, another Badger? MHH analyst Erick Trickel took a look at the tape to bring you his thoughts.

http://www.scout.com/player/140471-derek-watt?s=101

Combine Results: N/A

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.79 and 4.77 seconds

Vertical: 33-1/2 inches

Broad jump: 9-feet-8

Short shuttle: 4.32 seconds

Bench (225 lbs): 19 reps

Pros

  • Primarily used as a lead blocker in a two man backfield, but saw action in other sets/positions
  • Immediate special teams contributor
  • Like his brother, JJ Watt, has excellent work ethic and high football IQ
  • Solid in pass protection
  • Has no hesitation in anything he does
  • Plays dirty and mean, which is needed for the position.
  • Matches up well with linebackers when asked to block
  • More than willing to take on defensive linemen without help
  • Runs through contact
  • Has good, soft hands with no drops

Cons

  • Needs to improve his angles and leverage to hold up at the NFL level
  • Isn’t a jarring hitter when he blocks
  • Isn’t a master of anything, but a jack-of-all-trades
  • Not much acceleration or speed to his game
  • Doesn’t have the freak athleticism his brother has
  • Body catcher

Overall Thoughts

There are a lot of things that Watt brings to the team that coaches will love, especially teams in need of a fullback. He adds some receiving ability, out of a few different spots on the field.

Watt also brings a quality lead blocking force that can help spring running backs for bigger runs. He fits in excellent with what the Denver Broncos want from their fullback, and the team is looking to add one later in the draft, or as an undrafted free agent.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 6th-Early 7th

Where He Goes: Late 6th-Undrafted

Per sources: Watt is a good player, but he plays a dying position in the NFL. That hurts his draft stock more than what he can or can’t do. One head scout I talked with said he is the type of man and player scouts and coaches pound the table for.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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