Texans Draft Grades 2017: Complete Houston Selections

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DT. 5th Round. CARLOS WATKINS. B+.

Watkins was a steal for the Texans in the 5th round after he was projected to go between the third and fourth round.

Watkins is very athletic at 6-foot-3, 309 pounds, which enables him to move very well laterally given the fact that he has excellent agility that can give opposing offensive lineman problems.

It sounds like the issue with Watkins is his weight.

From NFL.com:

"Top-heavy with excess weight around midsection topping leaner lower body. Struggled to grow roots and stand up for himself against Alabama’s powerful double teams. Pad level rises as snap progresses. Powerful guards can get under his pads and turn him out of the gap. Quality of play diminishes rapidly when fatigued. Needs to get early advantage as pass rusher or he won’t be a factor. Missing quality counter moves as a rusher. Needs more aggressiveness at point of attack and shed blocker earlier. Motor runs hot and cold. Needs to show more explosive, sudden elements in his game."

As of right now I would expect D.J. Reader to take over as the Texans’ starting nose tackle, but Watkins could end up battling for that position as a rookie. It all comes down to how hard he’s willing to work.