Fourth Round, Pick No. 119 overall: Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
Pick in first mock draft: Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State
Same position, different player. Armani Watts could easily drop to the fourth round of this draft as there’s a chance teams will have at least 10 guys ranked higher at safety.
In addition, Telesco has never shown any interest in drafting safeties with his picks. Does that mean he won’t change that? Of course not. But if he can get a guy like Watts (or even Neal, for that matter), in the fourth round, why would he target this spot any earlier?
The Chargers definitely need a safety to fill the role Tre Boston held last season. Currently. Adrian Phillips and Jaylen Watkins would be battling for time at that position, but adding depth at the position wouldn’t be a bad move.
A four-year starter for the Aggies, Watts had 10 interceptions and five fumble recoveries in college. He is one of the best pure athletes at the safety position in this class, but his game tape shows a propensity to give up way too many big plays, which is why he’ll be available in the fourth round.
Having Phillips and Watkins on the roster will allow the Chargers to ease Watts into their system before banking on him to be an every-week starter.