(Offense) Round 2, 38th Overall, NY Jets: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Christian Watson has soared up draft boards after a successful Senior Bowl week and strong testing at the combine. With sub-4.40-second speed at 6-foot-4, Watson could develop into an effective deep threat in the NFL.
There will be some questions regarding how well he can utilize his abilities at the next level, given the jump in quality of competition. Corners in the NFL are much stronger and more physical than the ones Watson faced at the FCS level, so it will be interesting to see how Watson adjusts.
But with his pedigree (his father played safety in NFL), Watson has the raw ability to be an impact player early in his career with the potential to become an electric playmaker.
Scouting Report: A freaky athlete at 6-foot-4, Watson’s strong combine performance has boosted his stock. Watson terrorized FCS defenses for North Dakota State's powerhouse, accounting for almost 40% of their receiving yardage. While corners' skill level and physicality in the NFL may limit Watson to a situational role in his first year, he has the traits to develop into a dynamic weapon for a team.
(Defense) Round 2, 38th Overall, NY Jets: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
With C.J. Mosley likely in his last year with the team, the Jets would be wise to add young talent to a thin position group. Chad Muma is a do-it-all linebacker who has the look of a long-time pro.
The Wyoming product won’t blow you away with his athleticism, but his instincts, motor, and nose for finding the football more than make up for lack of twitch. With good speed (4.63-second forty-yard dash) for his size (6-foot-3 239 pounds), Muma projects as a three-down linebacker at the next level.
There will be an adjustment period for Muma that comes with the jump from Wyoming to the NFL. With today's NFL athletes' skill level and explosiveness, Muma will have to work on his processing ability to succeed.
However, with NFL coaching and professional experience, Muma could be a steal on Day 2 of the draft.
Scouting Report: Muma is an instinctive athlete who plays faster than his forty-yard dash time might suggest. An impact player at Wyoming for each of his four seasons, Muma shouldn’t have trouble with the learning curve at the next level, given his extensive college experience. While he needs to improve his process and ability to diagnose plays in coverage, Muma could be a Day 2 steal for a team in need of a linebacker.