Gabe Watson  DT  Michigan

Strengths

Well, heís big!  No doubt about it.  Heís athletic!  No doubt about that.  He can tackle, he could dominate and he could be the best run- stuffing DT in this draft -- IF he wanted to be.

 

Needs to Improve

He is extremely overweight.  For a kid his size, heís not very strong at all and he has no stamina.  He doesnít have good quickness off the line; therefore, with the exception of his ability to collapse the pocket, he is not very good as a pass rusher.  He lacks quickness and strength in his lateral movement, so he cannot cover his gaps quickly enough to be a force in the run game.  If he loses weight and gets into shape, all of this could change for the better -- drastically.

 

Talent Board Round   2

I call him Gabe "the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man" Watson.  This kid could have been one of the top DTís in this draft, but he isnít because of his weight.  Now we all know what will happen if his team gets into a bowl game.  Gabe will most likely play a great game and the scouts and pro coaches will all start to drool.  The biggest problem right now is that he doesnít play every down; he lacks stamina and he is not very strong.  There is no doubt that this kid has tremendous potential to be one of the best DTís at the next level, but his lack of work ethic and training discipline is whatís stopping him now.  Right now, I see college centers moving him around one on one all game long. He has excellent athletic talent, but no heart.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

November 2005