Southern Miss WR Quez Watkins ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Watkins (6'0/185) came into Thursday's testing with little fanfare, but ended the evening having posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash of any receiver in Indianapolis. Only Henry Ruggs (4.27 seconds) ran faster. That speed showed on the field in the fall, with the Southern Miss wideout averaging 18.6 yards per reception. Count him as an athletic lottery ticket for Day 3. He has work to do outside of the straight-line speed/deep threat aspects in his game.
Feb 27, 2020, 10:14 PM ET
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Southern Miss WR Quez Watkins to Green Bay Packers WR J'Mon Moore.
Watkins (6'0/185) was a very productive wideout when he was on the field for the Golden Eagles, and then posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.35 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I might be a little higher on him than some others you talk to because I saw improvement and I see areas of his game that can keep getting better with time and work," an NFC Scout told Zierlein. The NFL Media analyst noted that Watkins improved in his ability to make contested catches, and that he's at his best working through zones. The concern is whether he can separate from press coverage, but Zierlein believes that the reward is there for him to be a Day 3 selection who can be a fourth-or-fifth wide receiver.
Mar 8, 2020, 3:16 PM ET
QUEZ WATKINS WR, SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
Eagles traded up to select Southern Miss WR Quez Watkins with the No. 200 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Watkins (6'0/185) was a two-year starting receiver at Southern Miss who earned back-to-back first-team All-CUSA honors as a redshirt sophomore and junior. In 2019, he posted a 64-1,178-6 receiving line thanks to his elite speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the NFL Combine but is slightly undersized at 185 pounds. The Eagles are clearly looking for more speed after drafting Jalen Reagor early, trading for Marquise Goodwin mid-draft, and adding two deep threats on Day 3. Watkins will compete for a final roster spot this summer.
Apr 25, 2020, 4:36 PM ET
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