Armani Watts NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts celebrates after intercepting a Florida pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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POSITIVES

—Is a natural centerfield safety with range and vision, as seen in his walk-off interception against Arkansas in September.

—Watts finds and puts himself around the football better than most safeties in this class.

—Consistently disrupts passing lanes with quick plant-and-go footwork.

—Can lock up in man defense and has the ball skills to play over-the-top safety.

—Is willing to take risks to make a big play, though this has also come back to bite him.

—Was a four-year starter at Texas A&M.

                      

NEGATIVES

—Was a highly regarded safety prospect for the 2017 draft, but injuries were a concern then and still are. 

—Doesn't have the big frame (5'10", 202 lbs) and length teams are looking for. 

—Misses a lot of tackles due to lack of willingness and technique.

—Frame and numerous injuries bring up durability concerns.

            

OVERALL

Armani Watts could be one of the best safeties to come out of this class. His athletic ability, field awareness and ball skills make him a dangerous free safety prospect. Concerns over his injury history, size and inability to tackle will scare teams off. There is no doubt he is a ball hawk, though.

                    

GRADE: 6.50 (Round 2-3)

PRO COMPARISON: Devin McCourty, New England Patriots

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