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Although he doesn't enter the draft with the same fanfare as younger brother Sammy, who is expected to be the top receiver chosen, Watkins does possess the overall skills, athleticism and versatility scouts seek in a defensive back. After starring as a two-way player at quarterback and cornerback in high school, he totaled 133 tackles with three interceptions in his four seasons at Florida. Watkins, who has experience playing on special teams, started six games at safety and three at cornerback as a senior in 2013. However, some scouts believe Watkins still needs to add muscle and could lack the ideal size and strength to be an effective tackler at safety and the quickness and burst needed for a corner. He did his best to dispel that analysis at the combine in February, when he ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and tied for first among cornerbacks with 22 reps in the bench press. Those were even better marks than what his highly-rated little brother posted in Indianapolis. Watkins recorded an overall grade of 5.29 at the combine, which projects him as an NFL backup or potential special teamer. Because of his ability to play multiple positions and relation to a potential top-five pick, Watkins is likely to have too much upside to pass up in the later rounds. He's projected to be the third or fourth cornerback on an NFL roster, with an ability to play on special teams and even emergency quarterback.