STRENGTHS - Watford has good athletic ability displaying good lower body flexibility and balance through the play. He has a higher cut frame with a thinner lower half, but he has the frame to add bulk without losing quickness. Watford looks particularly string as an in-line blocker as he is feisty and competitive. Out in space he has the athleticism and foot quickness to really make an impact in the second level. He can anchor well when he plays with a good, strong base and does a nice job of keeping his man in front of him. He has good snap quickness, as he shows the ability to get out if his stance and into position right away. He plays a powerful game, especially when he gets locked onto a defender as he can drive him out of the play and to the turf with powerful hands and strong arms. He plays with a real chip on his shoulder, and he can be seen delivering shots to anyone in his area code during the play. He attacks his opponent and plays whistle to whistle and is physically a very competitive player.
WEAKNESSES - Watford has very thin calves and carries a lot of weight above his waist, although he still has a somewhat lean body type. He has played left guard for the majority of his career and will stay at guard in the NFL. There are times when he will come out of his stance high and it allows defenders the ability to jolt him backwards. This is a problem as he has played a lower level of competition and he won't get away with it in the NFL. At times, his technique goes away when his athleticism takes over and he gets away with it because of the level of competition. Watford has no strength concerns with his current level of competition but the thin frame and smaller lower body might give teams a reason for concern in the NFL. Watford's punch can be inaccurate and it causes him to lunge into contact and get his upper body overextended over his lower body.
SUMMARY - Watford is an impressive physical specimen as he looks to be in great shape, but he has a lean frame and thin calves and needs to add bulk to hold his ground in the NFL. He is a good in-line blocker, showing the lower body strength to drive defenders out of the play with powerful hands and strong arms. He is equally adept at hitting targets out in space and it is here where his athleticism really shines through. When he plays with a strong athletic base he displays the ability to sink his hips and anchor at the point of attack. He has good foot quickness and chops his feet through contact, especially when driving players in the in-line game. He can get high out of his stance and this is an area he will have to improve coming into the NFL. He can get exposed against lesser competition because of this, and it will only get worse if he doesn't get this fixed. Another area that needs attention is in his technique. He has gotten away with poor technique at times because of his excellent athleticism against the lesser competition, but he needs to improve on his consistency with his technique going forward. Watford is an excellent competitor, willing to dish it out on a consistent level. He plays with real fire, tenacity and grit and doesn't shrink from contact or ever back down. If Watford can add 15 pounds of bulk and keep his foot quickness and athleticism, he could be one of the real surprises of this draft as some team will get a very good player later in the draft. He warrants consideration in the fourth-round because of his athleticism and desire to play a physical, fiery brand of football.