Good news for Patriots fans hoping the team takes a wide receiver in this spring’s NFL Draft – the team’s first two reported meetings during the pre-draft process were both with players from the position.
This week is the Senior Bowl, where some of the top prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft class are competing in front of NFL scouts. Two of those prospects, wide receivers Romeo Doubs (Nevada) and Christian Watson (North Dakota State), told reporters they’ve spoken with the Patriots.
“The meeting was great. I loved meeting with the Patriots,” Doubs remarked, per Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. “I was able to show off my personality and who I am to them both as a young man and a football player. So, it was awesome.”
“It was good. It was really good,” Watson said of his meeting. Watson specifically mentioned the Patriots’ quarterback situation, noting “I followed Mac Jones in college. Obviously, he’s a prime-time quarterback.”
Watson and Doubs actually have relatively similar skillsets, meaning these meetings could be an indication of the kind of receiver the Patriots are looking to add this spring. Here’s a quick scouting report on each player…
A big, physical receiver that can run, Doubs measured 6-foot-2, 204 pounds at the Senior Bowl and has impressed scouts with his ability to run. He can burn defenses in multiple ways, by winning 50/50 balls down the field or taking it himself off a screen. Doubs had reach the 1,000 yard mark in each of his last two seasons, with 80 catches for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Wolfpack last year.
Flashing big-play ability, the next step for Doubs will be to prove he can make an impact in the short and intermediate passing game as well. He's currently projected as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.
Like Doubs, Watson has all the physical traits teams look for in a wide receiver. He measured in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds and ran a 4.40 40 during NDSU workouts. Whether it's on a deep passing pattern or with the ball in his hands, he fits the prototype of a big play threat. This past season, Watson flashed with 43 catches for 801 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.
That all being said, Watson is still a relatively raw prospect, especially in such a deep wide receiver class. He brings all the unteachable traits to the table, it will be on whatever team drafts him to coach him up. He's currently projected to be a Day 3 pick.
Watson was mentioned in our Senior Bowl preview earlier this week. For more names to keep an eye on in Mobile, check below for a position-by-position preview…
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