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Chris Watt: New Charger Film Sensation

By Michael Norton

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

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…