The Kansas City Chiefs used their fourth round pick on S Armani Watts out of Texas A&M and he is a fourth round pick that many people have heard of (always a good sign). Watts is the most clutch player in this draft class and he is a member of the KC Star Terez Paylor’s all-juice team which is another good sign.
Armani Watts, the Chiefs' fourth-round pick, was my #9 safety. Here's my eval of him: https://t.co/l6ZkVvmjhY— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 28, 2018
The reaction to this pick was quickly much more positive than any other pick so far. The Chiefs drafted three other defensive players on day two (LB Breeland Speaks, DT Derrick Nnadi, LB Dorian O’Daniel) but the initial reaction to Watts has been the best. We ask our readers to grade each pick and this one is looking like the most amount of As and Bs.
Reactions to Chiefs drafting Armani Watts
KC Star’s Terez Paylor: Watts is considered an aggressive run defender who also possess range to cover a deep half, according to draft analysts.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller: Armani Watts could be one of the best safeties to come out of this class. His athletic ability, field awareness and ball skills make him a dangerous free safety prospect. Concerns over his injury history, size and inability to tackle will scare teams off. There is no doubt he is a ball hawk, though.
Fansided: 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.
The (other) AP: Watts was a four-year starter for the Aggies. He made 82 tackles with four interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior, landing him third-team All-America honors. He fills another pressing need after the Chiefs released veteran safety Ron Parker this offseason, and with Eric Berry returning from a season-ending torn Achilles tendon.
Well hi Armani Watts. Right where you're supposed to be and demonstrating fantastic ball skills, I see. pic.twitter.com/2sENMwuki9— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) April 28, 2018
This is good to hear: Willie Davis, the lead scout on S Armani Watts, said he took most of his gambles with help over the top. Risk-taker empowered by his scheme. Should alleviate any concern there.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 28, 2018
"He was the one directing traffic back there."— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) April 28, 2018
~ #Chiefs area scout Willie Davis on Armani Watts' leadership traits at Texas A&M.
The #Chiefs newest selection is Safety Armani Watts, was tied for 7th in the nation last season with 32 Stops., however had 55 missed tackles on 357 career attempts.— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 28, 2018
Newest #Chiefs Safety Armani Watts has shown potential lining up in the slot as well, allowing a 54.3 passer rating in 2016. Lined up in the slot on 286 snaps over the past two seasons.— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 28, 2018
New Chiefs' safety Armani Watts recorded 82 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles last season for Texas A&M, earning a spot on the AP All-America Third Team.— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) April 28, 2018