Justin Watson: Buried Treasure

The University of Pennslyvania is known for many things: being America’s first university, it’s Ivy League education, the Wharton School of Business, and building the first general-purpose digital computer. Football, on the other hand, doesn’t immediately come to mind for the school in Philadelphia. However, we shouldn’t overlook their latest draftee, Justin Watson. He was selected with the seventh pick in the fifth round, No. 144 overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it’s hard to get excited about a Day 3 pick, Watson has the kind of profile to succeed at the next level. 

Justin Watson, Penn, 6-2, 215

Watson made an immediate impact at the college level, playing in all ten games as the team’s third receiver in 2014. His 42 receptions and 497 receiving yards are both Penn freshman records and his 16 percent Dominator Rating (DR) playing behind two seniors is strong. With the depth chart ahead of him clear entering 2015, Watson ascended in a big way as a sophomore. He absorbed the target void almost single-handedly with 74 receptions, while the No. 2 receiver at Penn only had 29. His 1,082 yards and 9 touchdowns also easily led the team at 45 and 36 percent market shares. A DR of 41 percent in only his second season is impressive.

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By Ryan Bobbitt | @DrummerINaBox | Archive