Oct 27, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with guard Chris Watt (66) against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Watt working at center and right guard in OTAs


The San Diego Chargers selected Chris Watt out of Notre Dame in the 3rd round of the draft in order to bring more depth up front on the offensive line. The plan is to get him working in at guard and also at center. He has been working in at the center position during OTAs, snapping the ball to Brad Sorensen in drills and has been playing at right guard as well.

Watt will bring versatility onto the roster and could be used as the team’s center in the future. He has a chance to make it in the interior of the line with Jeromey Clary rehabbing at the moment as well.

Watt will bring some youth up front and will get to learn from Jeromey Clary and Nick Hardwick at the position. He can get some valuable knowledge and be groomed to take over the starting job in a season or two. He will serve in the backup role for his first season and could get thrown into the mix if any disasters happen on the injury front. There is always that possibility for injuries on the offensive line and Watt will have to stay prepped.

At the time of the selection, I wanted to take a wide receiver with, but the addition of Watt seems more necessary at this time with Malcom Floyd returning and Jeromey Clary hurting.
Rookie Chris Watt, who never played center in his 50-game Notre Dame career, snapped to Brad Sorensen during 11-on-11 drills. Watt has worked at both right guard and center in practices.

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  • tubbs45

    TT knew watt he was doing… (Sorry)

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      It was my favorite pick, personally.

      • Julien Bélair

        that’s a big statement

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson


          • Julien Bélair

            The fact that you love this pick over Verrett and Attaochu is surprising the say the least IMO

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Have to agree with you on that

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Cornerbacks come and go, and so do pass rushers. Remember when everyone was super excited about Ingram? I love me some super Mel… but, as of today, I am more excited about Green than him, Reyes, or Taylor. I am more excited about Allen right now, than Fluker, or Te’O. Who cares which round they were picked in?

            With five lineman hitting free agency next season, Telesco NEEDED to get a guy that could replace Hardwick, or possibly Clary. Watt is already being worked out at both positions. I know people are under the impression that CB, OLB, and NT were the biggest needs. We actually could have gotten by with what was on the roster, and just added depth. However, there was NOBODY on the roster who could take Hardwick’s place next season. I don’t think you can simply “plug and play” a rookie center (or even a veteran signed in FA). They need a year to learn Philip’s style. Furthermore, I want excited about having Ohrnberger be the replacement. So, addressing it next season would have been a crap shoot. We should be set now, unless Watt doesn’t work out at center… but, I have faith that Joe D wanted this kid, and hand-picked him. I hope he gets significant snaps at either right guard, or left guard, so he can pay attention to what Hardwick is doing.

            Basically, I get the feeling this guy is going to be around for a long time, and play at a high level. I think Verrett and Choo-Choo will be around for a while too, but not as long as Watt. I think Watt will still be wearing Bolts when they are both gone, and he will be a more solid pick, over time.

            Not to mention, Telesco merely patched the o-line last season. People seem to think he was finished, and we were onto the defense. With all of those players hitting FA next season, he could possibly be starting over. At least he has Watt now. After all, o-line was Telesco’s first order of business when he came here, according to him.

    • John Bauer

      I was charged by this pick also !!! (Sorry) also.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Hopefully he learns from coach Joe D, and NOT Clary.. unless it’s a “how not to” lesson.. lol.

    • tubbs45

      Rest assured that Joe is on the mo fo