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Courtney Watson - ILB Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Notre Dame
Conference: I-A Ind.
Ht., Wt.: 6'1, 237
40 Time: 4.56
Grade: 3.62

Selected by New Orleans Saints
Round 2, pick 28 (60 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter that's been used at a variety of linebacker positions. Leading tackler on the Irish defense the past two years, posting 117/15/3.5 as a senior and 90/10/3 during his junior campaign. Impressive sophomore season included 76/13/2.

POSITIVES: Heady, disciplined linebacker that's consistently improved his game. Quick to read the action, takes good angles to the play and possesses first-step quickness. Adequate sideline-to-sideline range, or slides into the open gaps and fills in run defense. Solid hitter that also wraps up tackling. Can back pedal in coverage and gets depth on drops.

NEGATIVES: Slow getting off blocks at the point of attack. Not fast or explosive to the flanks. Indecisive in man-to-man coverage.

ANALYSIS: A good leader with a variety of skills, Watson is a tough defender that works hard to make plays on the ball. Does the little things well and has improved his draft ranking in the postseason.

PROJECTION: Mid Third Round

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