Positions in Gators secondary still up for grabs as opener approaches

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the season opener two weeks from Saturday, the competition for playing time remains fluid in Florida's secondary. That's fine with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, as the Gators search to fill the void left by the loss of four experienced players from a year ago (Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins and Cody Riggs). "We've had great competition...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm still learning to be a leader'

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III might be one of the biggest playmakers in the SEC. He's probably the best cornerback in the conference too. But this true sophomore knows it's going to take more than what he showed last season, to be a complete football player. "I played pretty well last year," said Hargreaves on Monday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "Obviously...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Draft Grades For Each of the Eagles Draft Picks

The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books. Coming into it, we knew the Eagles needed to make some solid additions to help sustain their position atop the NFC East. There were a number of needs that they had to address. Coming in, they needed a pass rusher, help in the secondary, some depth along the front seven, and depth on the offensive line. As can be expected, the Eagles were movers...

Evaluating Eagles Day Three Picks

The Eagles entered the day with many remaining needs. After finding a pass rusher in the first round and addressing the wide receiver position in the second in third round, the day three focus was on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles still needed help at linebacker and in the secondary and it was also believed they may look to add some depth along the offensive line. Outside...

Recapping the final day of Eagles draft….

Here’s the Morse Code summary of Rounds 4 through 7 for the Eagles: Eagles Close Out Draft With NT Beau Allen Kelly: Bryce Brown Gets An Opportunity (traded to Buffalo for a 4th next year) Eagles Add S Ed Reynolds In Fifth Round Fifth Round: Eagles Take DE Taylor Hart Eagles Kick Off Third Day With DB Jaylen Watkins The CBS Sports treatment for the late round selections: With the...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things you need to know about the Philadelphia Eagles’ newest DB

The Philadelphia Eagles took Florida DB Jaylen Watkins in the fourth round (No. 101 overall) in the NFL Draft. Here are five things you need to know about the Eagles’ newest defender. 1. He’s not the best Watkins, but he’s still good — Jaylen’s half-brother is Sammy, the former start wideout at Clemson who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills at No. 4 overall this year. 2...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting Report: Jaylen Watkins, CB

The Eagles had plenty of options at the 101st overall pick, the first of the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the pick, acquired from the Houston Texans in last night's third round, the Eagles addressed the secondary with Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins. The 5'11", 198-pound defensive back is the half-brother of fourth overall pick Sammy Watkins. Here's a look at the newest...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans react to the team’s fourth round pick

With the No. 101 overall pick — and first on day three of the NFL Draft — the Philadelphia Eagles selected Florida CB Jaylen Watkins. Watkins has long arms, a trait that Chip Kelly covets. He has also played safety as well. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the selection: Jaylen Watkins is the first eagles pick I don't cringe at — Penny B (@o_bissey) May 10, 2014 Eagles pick...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Eagles Draft Jaylen Watkins in the Fourth Round

With the 101st overall selection, the Eagles drafted Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins. Watkins, the cousin of Bills wide receiver Sammy, measures in at 5-11 and 194 pounds and recorded a 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. We knew that the Eagles would likely add a corner to the roster at some point in the draft and Watkins is the guy. They drafted him over Bashaud Breeland out...

Eagles select CB Jaylen Watkins at 101 to open Day 3

The Eagles traded with the Houston Texans in the third round last night to acquire the first pick of Day 3.  With the 101st overall pick and first of the fourth round, the Eagles selected defensive back Jaylen Watkins from Florida. Another SEC product, Watkins is 5'11" and 198 pounds. Watkins split his time in Florida as a cornerback and a safety, so this pick clearly addresses...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft live blog!

12:09 p.m.: The Washington Redskins selected Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland No. 102 overall. 12:07 p.m.: The Eagles selected Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins No. 101 overall. 12:02 p.m.: The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock with pick No. 101. Noon: The third day of the 2014 NFL draft have arrived, and the New England Patriots will be very busy. The Patriots have...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mid round prospects the Oakland Raiders should look at

The Raiders currently hold the 7th pick in the fourth round and the 3rd pick in round three. While the first and second round choices get all of the headlines, the third and fourth rounders are just as important. Here are two players that Reggie Mckenzie could target. Jaylen Watkins, CB Florida 6’0 191 lbs 4.41 40 yard dash The older brother of Sammy Watkins, Jaylen is an underrated...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers 7-Round Mock Draft

Let’s not hover around it—team-specific mock drafts are a pain in the ol’ derriere. Given the countless unknowns for a traditional mock draft—which is an adventure in of itself— predicting who and where will be available for your particular team is considerably difficult. But luckily, I’ve devised a relatively decent system to cater to the needs of a full seven-round...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 7-Round Mock Draft: San Francisco 49ers

WSU Athletic Communications Trade 1-30 2-24 5-30 to Chiefs for 1-23 Round 1 Pick 23 (K.C.): Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (A) Niners trade up to get the best WR in the draft, future star with Boldin winding down. Round 2 Pick 29: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A) With the loss of Donte Whitner, Bucannon should adequately replace him. Round 3 Pick 13: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Best “Not First Round” Safety Prospects in this Year’s NFL Draft

OK kids it is that time of year again, draft talk is everywhere. Who will be taken number one and who are the top ten picks gets way more play then it should. In fact, I think it has got to the point of being sickening.  We as Packer fans don’t get included in all that TOP ten blather and that is a good thing. Over the off season a lot of what I hear at my usual hang out TalkinPackers...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers 2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Florida CB Jaylen Watkins

Good friend Dave-Te' Thomas of Scouting Services has finished his player profiles of several of the top 2014 NFL Draft prospects and over the course of the next few weeks I will be posting the ones that the Pittsburgh Steelers will more than likely have interest in. While he hasn't been brought in for a […] Steelers 2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Florida CB Jaylen Watkins...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Scouting Notes: Prospects the Philadelphia Eagles have talked to, Part 7

With the draft less than a month away (almost there everybody!), NFL teams are on the home stretch of final evaluations, and putting the finishing touches on their big board. It’s been quite the offseason of analysis thus far, and May 8 can’t get here soon enough. With that said, let’s jump right into Part 7 of the Scouting Notes series. In last week’s edition, we profiled...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Watkins in a Saints Uniform?

                                                         Photo Courtesy: Hebert/Saints Deuce Windham New Orleans Saints Writer With 40 days until the NFL Draft fans and analysts alike are pouring over game film trying to align players with teams. As we visiting in my last article (Sean Payton’s Draft Tendencies), Sean Payton likes to draft the skill...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers DB Coach Carnell Lake At Florida Pro Day On Monday

The University of Florida Pro Day took place in the rain on Monday, but that didn't stop Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake from showing up to take in the activities. Jeff Barlis of ESPN.com spotted Lake in attendance and was actually able to get a quote from him regarding the wet weather. "You kind of feel sorry for these guys working out in these conditions...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers: Nickel Corner Targets

The 49ers will not have Carlos Rogers, last year’s primary nickel corner for the 2014 season. They have kicked the tires on a few players such as Walter Thurmond III as possible free agent options to fill the void. In the end, they settled on Chris Cook but that still leaves them without a true corner to cover slot receivers. The 49ers will be really be in the market for a nickel...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Gators football: Watkins rising up draft boards

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...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Senior Bowl: Day 3 South Team Practice Notes

The South team practiced today and the offense looked much better. The quarterbacks and receivers were in sync. They looked in 7 on 7 and 1 on 1 drills. Here are some notes from their practice: - Jimmy Garoppolo (QB Eastern Illinois) had a good day of practice. I spoke to him after practice and he told me about how playing in the wind at Eastern Illinois helped prepare him for playing...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Senior Bowl: Day Two South Practice Notes

The South team had the second practice. The wind really picked up when they came out to warm up. This was going to be a good test for the quarterbacks. Here are some notes from the South practice: - Telvin Smith (Florida St LB) is a natural when the lights come on. He provided me with the best interview of the week so far. Smith said that teams better grab him because he is “hot...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Senior Bowl: Tuesday South Practice Notes

It was a fully padded practice day today, so it was a chance to see more full contact along with see the linemen work at 100% throughout practice. The “winners” of the day for the North Practice were QB Jimmy Garoppolo, RB Antonio Andrews, OG Jon Halapio, DT Daniel McCullters, DE Dee Ford, and CB Jaylen Watkins. We had myself (@OptimumScouting) covering the OL and...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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