Wide receiver is third pick

With the retirement of Ed McCaffrey, wide receiver became a priority in the draft for the Denver Broncos. To fill that need, the Broncos have chosen Marshall wide receiver Darius Watts with their second Round Two selection in the 2004 NFL Draft.

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Name: Darius Watts School Marshall Year 4Sr
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 188 40: 4.45 Pos: WR

Bio: All Conference selection every season since his sophomore campaign. Suffered with a leg injury as a senior but still posted 74/968/11 after 71/1,030/12 the prior year. Exploded onto the national stage posting 91/1,417/18 as a sophomore in 2001.

Pos: Explosive pass catcher that breaks games wide open when focused. Quick route runner that gets separation from defenders, adjusts to the oncoming throw and displays good eye/hand coordination. Plays much faster than his forty time and has the ability to switch it on then run away from opponents down the field. Tracks the deep ball or gets vertical to make the acrobatic reception. Uses the sidelines well and elusive running after the reception. Instinctive wide out that finds the open spot on the field or gets past the yard markers on third down.

Neg: Continually lets the pass get inside him and cradles it against his body. Does not always come away with the tough grab in traffic. Lazily rounds off his routes at times.

Analysis: Not known as a tough receiver willing to do the extras to make himself a better player, Watts has the underlying skills to be an explosive receiver at the next level should he decide to take his game to the next level.

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