The final day of the 2014 NFL Draft has begun.
The Eagles got the ball rolling on the final four rounds by selecting Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins with the 101st overall pick. They acquired the pick in a trade with the Texans on Friday when Houston moved into the third round to take defensive tackle Louis Nix. The Eagles also acquired a fifth-round pick in the deal.
The Bears are looking to get younger at cornerback and will likely address that need in the draft. We break down film of Florida’s Jaylen Watkins, a skilled corner with much potential.
Florida Gators football: Watkins rising up draft boardsHe was never a flashy playmaker. He was never named an All-American or to an All-Southeastern Conference team. He played most of his career in the shadow of two highly touted players in Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy.
But, perhaps no other player has done more to improve his draft stock in recent months than former Florida...
Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins talks about his experience, his career as a Gator, his brother, and more at the 2014 Senior Bowl.
Jaylen Watkins will take over for Marcus Maye at safety. (Photo credit: Kim Klement/US Presswire)
The Florida Gators released an updated version of the team’s depth chart this week and there were a few changes. Most notably, senior Jaylen Watkins will take over for redshirt freshman Marcus Maye as one of Florida’s starting safeties.
The move is not all that surprising. Maye got...
Jaylen Watkins is heading into his third year in Will Muschamp’s defense and knows all the positions in the secondary. It’s that flexibility that could force him to move from cornerback to safety in the fall. The Gators return three experienced cornerbacks, and after losing two safeties, Watkins is the logical choice to move to safety, adding another experienced player to the group.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. If you were at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that day last November, you know exactly what Gators cornerback Jaylen Watkins spoke of Monday.
Florida had completed the SEC portion of its schedule the previous week with a loss at South Carolina. The Gators returned home to host Furman, their final game before the annual regular-season finale against Florida State.
Florida Gator defensive back took to the popular social media site Twitter to express his feelings after the 17 to 9 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs at the World’s Largest Out Door Cocktail Party. The Georgia Bulldogs have to beat the Ole Miss Rebels/Black Bears and also the Auburn Tigers but it looks like easy… Read More »
It may have been the biggest of turning points for Florida junior cornerback Jaylen Watkins. A year ago, in the Georgia game, Watkins was victimized by a fourth down pass for a touchdown in a game that was decided by less than a touchdown. Watkins spent a while early in the year at safety, was just getting a little more comfortable at corner, but this moment changed everything.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Gators cornerback Jaylen Watkins looked around the locker room when he arrived for practice on Monday afternoon. He couldn't help but notice how different the scene was less than 48 hours earlier.
The Gators' locker room overflowed on Saturday with jubilation. Florida's 14-6 win over No. 4-ranked LSU the biggest win under second-year coach Will Muschamp...