Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Chris Watt (66) iMandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Watt: New Charger Film Sensation

I’ve been accused of being a Charger homer and optimist spin doctor.

Guilty as charged.

So it will come as no surprise that what follows is a positive review of our third round pick, Chris Watt.

As our third round pick approached, there was most likely more than one person who saw Donte Moncrief still on the board and began to drool. Third round picks came and went and as our pick approached one had to ask, “What in the Melvin Ingram is going on here?” Moncrief was falling to us. When William Clark went to the Bengals the excitement was palpable.

Chris Watt?

Whisky  Tango Foxtrot?

Most of the post draft reviews gave the Chargers a “thumbs up” overall, but questioned the third round pick. At best, Watt seemed to get a neutral review. But just because the experts don’t know about a player doesn’t mean that he’s a dud.

The initial thought was that perhaps Watt could earn a starting spot by the 2015 season when Nick Hardwick and Jeromy Clary are gone. Then I watched the film.

For the record, I also watched a good amount of film on Louis Nix and was largely underwhelmed, so not everything I see is great. Openly opining that we skip Nix in the first round, it was his lack of presence in a large percentage of the plays that persuaded me to roil against Nix.

It was in the juxtaposition of watching Nix (and his golden domed helmet) that essentially made my jaw drop in watching the film of Watt. Wow! Don’t take my word for it, watch the film yourself and draw your own conclusions.

If you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words then let this twelve minute video serve as the rest of my words…

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  • veazy

    Switch Foxtrot and Tango around.

    People always seem to hate lineman being picked when it isn’t someone who gets a lot of attention on their precious mock drafts. Whatever happens with Watt, I hope he gets to become a starter eventually.

    • Michael Norton

      Thanks! I missed that. You’re right. It’s lineman who actually win football games, but they get no love in mock drafts. I hope you watched a little of the video. Clary, Rinehart and Hardwick better not slack off.

      • veazy

        I saw it when somebody posted it after the draft pick. I’m not a scout or anything like that so I don’t how good his technique is on the video, but as long as he doesn’t look like garbage/Clary on the field, I’ll be happy.

  • Jordan Denning

    High motor, plays through the whistle. Seems to struggle some in pass protection

  • jimbojangles

    Never sexy but very necessary. Last year we barely got by with our o-line. Imagine if we didn’t have Fluker and so many other moving parts. We barely filled holes when injuries set in. Our linemen stepped up big time! However, we were probably one injury away from panic mode. It never hurts to have another quality big man up front…plus the future without some of our key starters is too close for comfort. Watt looks to be another viable guard/center for many years to come. Another quality draft in my opinion. Good job as always TT. 2 for 2.

  • arnie

    AJ Smith hated picking lineman in the early rounds. yeah that worked out real well…

    • Michael Johnson

      The O-Line wasn’t terrible until the very end of his tenure.

      • arnie

        Again, that is the point. The O-line at the end of his tenure, was a direct result of his picks earlier or, lack there of.

  • mdsd77

    Great pick, but he is young and it will take a few years to develop, he is no Mr. Fluker. From what I have seen of him, he could be a great one, he has the tools.