The Chiefs have been keeping there eye on a few linebackers in the 2010 NFL draft. They've brought in first round prospects Rolando McClain and Sean Weatherspoon for visits and have expressed some interest in at least a few late-round prospects.
Now we can add a guy who's expected to be picked in the middle rounds to that list.
He met with the Chiefs at the NFL Combine last month.
Watson is 6'2", 226 pounds and a "true weakside linebacker" that's expected to be drafted in the 3rd-4th round.
He's arguably one of the most athletic players in the draft. He ran a 4.4 forty yard dash at FSU's pro day a few weeks ago.
He appears to have the Body By Haley physique but does it translate to the field? NFL Draft Scout:
Much has been made of Florida State's Dekoda Watson and his sculpted build. As the official Seminole site boasts on his player profile, Watson measures 48" across his shoulders, but only 26" across his waist. Watson certainly looks the part of an elite athlete, but has struggled with injury and inconsistency throughout his career.
Injury and inconsistency -- arguably the two biggest pet peeves of the Chiefs new regime. Those would make me think twice about the Chiefs drafting him.
That said, the Chiefs can afford to take an outside linebacker that needs a year to develop. Mike Vrabel and Tamba Hali will be holding it down in 2010 but things are uncertain after that. Perhaps the Chiefs would like to get another outside linebacker in the fold to take advantage of Vrabel's coach-like presence.