Watkins: I'm Competing Right Away

Former Florida State safety Pat Watkins says he's coming to Dallas to do one thing.

The Ranch Report's Brett Jensen spoke with safety Pat Watkins, the Cowboys' fifth round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft in an exclusive interview.

A lot of people were surprised the Cowboys didn't draft a safety much higher. By the looks of things, it appears you'll be able to come in and compete for some major playing time right away.
Watkins: "I'm really excited. I've heard a lot of buzz around there about me being able to compete. I hope they give me a chance and opportunity to compete for the job."

What was it like when Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells called you and said you were about to become a Dallas Cowboy?
Watkins: "It was the greatest feeling in the world. I love the Cowboys and just being drafted was a life-long realization to a dream."

Were you a disappointed you weren't drafted higher?
Watkins: "You always have to be disappointed that you didn't go higher, but I think I'm in a better situation than I ever pictured. I get to go to the Dallas Cowboys and I think I can compete right away. Everybody wants to go higher, so of course I'm disappointed in that, but I'm not regretful."

You're joining a team that has one of the best defenses and is predicted to make a run toward the Super Bowl. That has to be a great feeling instead of joining a team that was 1-15.
Watkins: "It's going to be really fun and exciting. I've thought about the same thing. The team is really good and with the draft that we've had, I think the Cowboys should be able to compete for the conference championship and Super Bowl."

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a free safety?
Watkins: "I'm just going to play as hard as I can. Everyone can't play at a Florida State, where you learn all the right mechanics. They're really big on mechanics at Florida State. And I'm just going to take that with me and never slack up."

Cowboys VP of College and Pro Scouting Jeff Ireland on Pat Watkins:
"Finding a cover safety is very difficult. That's why Huff went off so early and Jason Allen. Those guys are hard to find. But the main thing in a free safety is range, ball skills, plus he's got to be smart and he's got to have the mental capacity to konw what's going on and be able to react and recognize quickly. Watkins is more of a cover zone safety. He's got zone awareness, he's got a lot of range and covers a lot of ground."

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