Each day leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, we will take a look at prospects that should be on the Carolina Panthers' radar. We will look at roughly eleven prospects per round to give a better idea of potential draftees beyond just the first round.
Here's our schedule for the next 80 days:
1st Round: Feb. 8th - Feb. 21st
2nd Round: Feb. 22nd - Mar. 6th
3rd Round: Mar. 7th - Mar. 18th
4th Round: Mar. 19th - Mar. 28th
5th Round: Mar. 29th - Apr. 7th
6th Round: Apr. 8th - Apr. 17th
7th Round: Apr. 18th - Apr. 27th
Prospect No. 76: WR Austin Watkins
Height: 6'3" Weight: 207 lbs
Draft range: 6th-7th
Like his cousin Sammy was at Clemson, UAB wide receiver Austin Watkins is a handful to cover one on one on the outside. Long with a nicely built frame, Watkins covers a ton of grass in a hurry. He has enough vertical speed to threaten multiple levels of the defense, causing opposing defenders to bail out early to counteract his speed. Watkins shows some adequate quickness and play strength at the line of scrimmage, easily defeating press coverage with little issue. His hands are mostly consistent, routinely plucking and securing even through contact. He does have some issue with concentration drops at times, too quickly trying to turn into a runner before completing the catch. In post catch situations, Watkins is a tough runner who can use his sturdy frame to absorb contact. Watkins isn’t a super creative runner and has little ability to make players miss in the open field. Despite a clear NFL profile playing amongst Conference USA competition, Watkins did not put together the game to game consistency that you would expect. He is a long and athletic pass catcher who has more than enough talent to find a role in a wide receiver room on the next level, possibly sneaking into Day Two when all is said and done.
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