Texans Grab Clemson DT Carlos Watkins in 4th Round

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The Houston Texans beefed up their defensive line by adding Carlos Watkins in the fourth round.

With Vince Wilfork gone, the Texans had to add a defensive tackle in this year’s draft.

With their fourth round pick the Texans selected Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.

Watkins stands at 6-foot-3, 309 pounds.

What’s really interesting  is that Watkins was projected to go in between the third and fourth rounds.  So the Texans certainly got some value with this pick.

Here’s what Watkins’ NFL.com draft profile says:

"While Watkins has had a productive, successful career at Clemson, it is hard to isolate the area of his game that he will call a definitive strength in the NFL. Watkins is athletic and may have rotational appeal to teams that covet active interior linemen. His top-heavy frame limits his anchor at the point of attack and if his motor isn’t revved up, he gets put on skates too often against power. Watkins has some talent and his traits are NFL-worthy, but he could end up being a Day 3 selection who will need to play at a more consistent level in order to become a factor as a pro."

Watkins is an athletic player that does a great job of getting off the ball as well as moving around after the snap.

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Watkins did struggle against Alabama’s double teams during the College Football National Championship.  It sounds like he needs to turn some of his excess stomach weight into muscle in order to be more effective at the next level.

As of right now I believe D.J. Reader will start at nose tackle for the Texans, but Watkins could end up rotating in.

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