However, allows his pad level to get upright when trying to engage. Against better athletes inside he will get caught overextending and struggles to shuffle and slide through contact, will fall off blocks after his initial punch. Slides his feet well laterally in space and has some lateral quickness initially off the snap.
Displays a powerful upper body and can stick to blocks at times even when overextended in his lower half as he maximizes his length into defenders. However, should be a much better Velcro player and needs to learn to play more balanced/compact in his lower half. The same problems come up in the run game as well.
For a big man does a nice job sitting into his stance and firing off the football low, keeping his base down and has an explosive element to his game getting into defenders. However, gets caught lunging into opponents too often off the snap, gets his head/shoulders out in front of him, doesn’t move his feet and can be slipped at the line by better athletes.
When he can get into defenders off the ball he demonstrates natural power as an in-line guy. Can create leverage, extend his arms and drives his legs through contact initially creating a seam. However, too often ends up on the ground and falls off the block the longer he’s asked to stay on it because of his struggles with balance.
Impression: A big body with natural power and average bend, but needs to become more balanced in all areas of the game. Isn’t tight hipped, just gets his head/body out in front of his feet too often in all areas of the game. Has the natural talent to start in the NFL, but is going to need to work at his trade and it’s going to take some time."
Rokevious Watkins will likely be a mid round selection that has the potential to earn a starting NFL job. He is a big and nasty player with a good strong base. His base and size allow him to anchor and avoid getting pushed off the football. He does a nice job firing off the ball and engaging the defense.
However, Watkins needs to work on tightening up his technique. His balance is below average as he often is tossed off blocks and onto the ground. This is attributed to his tendency to get over extended and his shoulders out in front of his feet. His lack of balance limits his effectiveness as a run blocker.
Watkins is an average athlete but struggles to shuffle and mirror in space. Overall, Watkins shows some upside due to his size and burst off the line. However, he needs to make some real improvements if he hopes to make an impact in the NFL.
Bold Statement: Rokevious Watkins will see some time as a starter but not be any teams long term solution
Games Viewed: Auburn ('10), Alabama ('10), Troy ('10)
- Watkins is a big offensive lineman with a good base and weight distribution
- He is not a great athlete and will struggle to move in space
- However, he does have a good burst off the line of scrimmage
- Watkins plays with a nasty streak
- He needs to improve his balance as he ends up on the ground to often
- His tendency to get over extended and out over his feet impact his balance
- In the running game, Watkins tends to stand still not driving his feet thus impacting his push
- He is more of a puncher than a velcro player
- Watkins needs to be more consistent with his pad level
- In the passing game, Watkins shows the ability to anchor after the initial contact
- However, struggles to remain balanced and shuffle his feet"
Also somewhat inconsistent technically as he will lunge at times and doesn’t always keep his feet moving; sprained shoulder last fall but didn’t miss any significant playing time."