Former Texas A&M football safety Armani Watts heard his named called in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he’s a perfect fit for his new team.
The wait is over for Armani Watts. One of Texas A&M’s most consistent and dynamic playmakers on defense over the last four seasons was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 124th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
He is a great fit for the Chiefs in that he can slide right into the free safety spot next to all-world strong safety Eric Berry. Watts is best fit as a free safety at the next level and he will immediately compete for that job with the Chiefs.
Watts was one of the Aggie fan favorites for a reason. He always seemed to make a huge play right when the defense needed it. He finished his career with 324 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Maybe his signature moment was the walk-off interception he had against Arkansas in overtime in 2017.
He got his career started with a bang. In the 2014 impressive road win over South Carolina, Watts, as a true freshman, put a blistering hit on a Gamecock wide receiver coming over the middle for a touchdown. The hit lodged the ball lose and Watts was officially on the map.
Watts has incredible field vision and always seemed to be around the ball, no matter the play. His instincts are incredible and he used his athletic ability to do whatever the Aggies asked of him. He can play center field, come in the box and make plays in the run or blitz, and has above average cover skills.
He isn’t a great tackler, but that is something that can be fixed at the next level. Watts also doesn’t have the best speed for the position. It doesn’t show up on college tape, but there’s a chance it could limit him at the next level — especially when asked to play man coverage. He and the rest of the Aggie defense were abused by UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson in the historic loss at the Rose Bowl.
Watts has a chance to be a steal given his knack for making clutch plays and always being around the ball. He will make the Kansas City Chiefs very happy.