BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who led Clemson in tackles last season with 118/3/1. Junior-year numbers included 113/7/1.
POSITIVES: Undersized, athletic linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Instinctive, quickly diagnoses the action, and displays good awareness. Fast to the flanks, smooth moving in reverse, and covers a good amount of area on the field. Nicely collapses from the outside when defending the run and shows a burst of speed when bearing down on the play. Hard-hitter who displays suddenness to his game.
NEGATIVES: Does not consistently play under control and pursues the action too aggressively at times. Undersized, slow through the trash, and caught up by blocks.
ANALYSIS: Watkins has been a productive player at Clemson and has enough skill to be used as a backup in a one-gap system.