With the 101st overall selection, the Eagles drafted Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins.
Watkins, the brother 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 of Clemson as well as small school prospect Pierre Desir, so he clearly has to be a guy they had rated fairly high among the corners.
We’ve seen a very common theme when it comes to the Eagles and the defensive players that they’re interested in. That is versatility. At Florida, Watkins was a guy that lined up all over the field. He played corner on the outside, also moved into the nickel, and started games at safety.
At this point, it is unclear where the Eagles will ask him to lineup. You would have to think that they’d like to have him come in and learn to play just about everywhere in the secondary before they make a determination on where he fits best.
Given the corners that are on the roster right now, they may ask him to come in and start to learn the safety position in their system. However, Watkins gives them the flexibility to have a guy who can potentially be called upon to play either position.
Watkins has pretty good ball skills and seems to have flown under the radar a little bit. Again, he was a good player at Florida, but his versatility has to be what put him over the edge for the Eagles.