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Carlos Watkins | Defensive Tackle

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 295

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Texans selected Clemson DT Carlos Watkins with the No. 142 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Watkins (6’3/309) made 30 starts on the defensive line, tallying 26 career tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He earned first-team All-ACC as both a junior and senior, and second-team All-America in 2016. A three-technique power rusher who manhandled heralded Ohio State C Pat Elflein when they met last year, Watkins’ game tape reveals an inconsistent motor, and his pre-draft athletic numbers largely underwhelmed. Still, Watkins has the body type, toughness, and physicality of a high-floor prospect who should contribute in a rotation, even if he never becomes a top-shelf, every-down NFL lineman. Sat, Apr 29, 2017 02:04:00 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Clemson DT Carlos Watkins to Denver Broncos DT Sylvester Williams.

"Watkins has some talent and his traits are NFL-worthy," Zierlein writes, "but he could end up being a Day 3 selection who will need to play at a more consistent level in order to become a factor as a pro." While the 6-foot-3, 309-pounder only tested on the bench at the Combine due to a hamstring injury (he put up 25 reps, there), Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed last week that Watkins excelled during his pro day work, writing that "[e]veryone I spoke with mentioned the good shape Watkins is in and how well he held up." The Steelers, Colts and Lions all met with the first-team All-ACC standout around his pro day work last week.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 05:42:00 PM

Clemson DT Carlos Watkins accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Watkins led the Tigers with 10.5 sacks in 2016 as a 300-pounder. Due to the presence of frosh DT Dexter Lawrence, Watkins (6-foot-3, 305 pounds) often lined up outside this fall. In the NFL, he'll likely return to DT. In addition to his 10.5 sacks, Watkins totaled 50 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-ACC honors for the second time.
Mon, Jan 16, 2017 03:59:00 PM

Clemson redshirt junior DT Carlos Watkins announced that he will return to school.

Watkins likely would have been a mid-round selection had he opted into the process. Among junior defensive tackles, CBS ranks him No. 10. Since many players above him left early for the NFL -- A'Shawn Robinson, Andrew Billings, Robert Nkemdiche, etc. -- Watkins is going to be one of the best senior tackles in the country next year along with guys like Chris Wormley and Eddie Vanderdoes. The 295-pounder was a second-team All-ACC pick this past fall.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Clemson sophomore DT Carlos Watkins narrowly escaped a car accident on Saturday.

Watkins avoided serious injury, but one of his closest friends died in the accident. The defensive tackle was hospitalized overnight, and head coach Dabo Swinney said he might return to campus on Monday.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 10:10:00 AM