- HT: 6’4
- WT: 211
- ARM: 32 3/4″
- WING: 77 1/8″
- HAND: 10′
- Class: Redshirt Senior
- High School: Plant HS, Tampa FL
- Played 2 Years for Plant, Two-Star Recruit
- First Team All-America KR Junior Year
- Third Team FSC All-America (Phil Steele)
Christian Watson Scouting Report
Arguably the most underrated receiver in this years draft class, Watson is the embodiment of a complete receiver. Watson’s 4.4 speed allows him to work extremely well in open space, as well as his 6’4 frame making him a 50/50 ball specialist. It’s no surprise that Watson will become the first NDSU receiver drafted since 1985. This week Watson has an opportunity to put away the sleepers and showcase that he is for real at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. With Johan Dotson and Chris Olave opting out, Watson has emerged as one of the top receivers to watch in the Senior Bowl. Expect Watson to make a splash this week with his route running abilities and great catch radius, proving the FCS doubters wrong.
Pros/Strengths: Watson’s catch radius and speed will be the prime reasonings of frustration for many coaches up against him. Watson holds great experience running the ball as well, taking several jet sweeps to the house and for big gains. His running ability showcases how versatile he is, opening the eyes of many scouts throughout the league and proving to them that he big-threat receiver. Watson’s ability to return kicks, receive touches in the backfield, win jump balls in the endzone, and run precisive routes in the slot could result in his name being called as high as Round 3.
Cons/Weaknesses: Only within the past 1-2 years have we seen Watson adapt into a true contested catch receiver. Watson has struggled in past seasons with contested catches, as he was mostly used in space and kick returning. It will be interesting to see his progression, but there’s no doubt he has the size and range to perfect the jump ball. Playing at an FCS school, it is only right to acknowledge the talent that Watson is playing against. This past season Watson grinded for a total of 800 yards receiving and 7 TDs, leading his team. Watson stepped it up a notch after having a shortened season in 2020, but it’s important to realize the level of competition he was playing against. Watson will have a lot to prove to show what it takes to compete at the next level.
Currently, Christian Watson is projected anywhere from rounds 3-6. It is up in the air where he will fall, but his Senior Bowl performance this week will ultimately alter his projection. Watson will get to prove his talent against the best competition he has seen yet, hopefully improving his stock along the way. Whatever team drafts Watson, they know they are getting a versatile receiver that can impact the game in a multitude of ways. Expect Watson to run a 4.40-4.50 during the combine and showcase that he can fit in with any offensive scheme.
Player Comparison – Chase Claypool (Pittsburgh Steelers WR, Former Notre Dame WR)