Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly interviews Jaylen Watkins, University of Florida Cornerback at combine training event.
Watkins was the No. 101 overall pick and became the second Gator selected so far during the draft. Former Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley was snagged in the first round by the New England Patriots.
Here's a closer at Watkins:
Ht: 5-11 1/4. Wt: 194
40 time: 4.41.
Key stat: Finished with 52 tackles, third on the team, and tied for second with seven pass break-ups.
The Buzz: Watkins raised his draft stock more than any Gators' prospect since last summer. Coaches moved Watkins to free safety during the offseason because of a glut at cornerback, with Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy and first-year freshman Vernon Hargreaves III. Watkins is a smooth athlete in coverage who improved his strength and tackling skills to make the move to the back end of the defense. Despite changing position, Watkins, who hails from Cape Coral, performed as consistently as any UF defender in 2013. Watkins earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he returned to cornerback. He reportedly performed better than anyone at the position during practices. Watkins would sit out the game with an Achilles' tendon injury, but ran well at the NFL Scouting Combine, covering 40 yards in 4.41 seconds and 10 yards in 1.50. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 22 times. Those numbers were all better than his younger half-brother, Sammy, the former Clemson receiver and top-10 pick.
Pre-draft quote: “He’s a solid player but a ‘tweener. He lacks safety size but pure corner skills,” Tony Pauline, longtime NFL Draft Analyst & Publisher of DraftInsider.net.