Nathaniel Watson
Nathaniel Watson  LB  Mississippi State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Nathaniel Watson
Height
6-2
Weight
240
College
Mississippi State
Position
LB
Class
Junior
Home town
Maplesville, AL
62.0/100
Player Rating
70
PositionRank
4.8
FortyYD Time
Sacks
5
Fumbles Forced
Tackles
83
Sol tackles
33

Nathaniel Watson LB Mississippi State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Nathaniel Watson LB Mississippi State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.80 seconds
Height: 6-2 Weight: 240
Date of Birth: 09/01/2000 Age: 21.10
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Overall Rating: 62.0 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
85%
Pass Rush:
66%
Run Defense:
67%
Coverage:
49%
DRAFT GRADE: UDFA Position rank: #70
College Games: 28 College Snaps: 966
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #407 Pos Rank: #74 State Rank: #26
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (86/100 )
Ovr Rank: #664 Pos Rank: #52
Draft Profile: Bio
Nathaniel Watson from Maplesville High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Watson opted to join Mississippi State.

In 2018 as a freshman Watson saw action in 2 games and played on a total of 8 snaps for the Bulldogs. He recorded 3 tackles, no assists, while adding one stop.

As a sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2019 Watson played in 3 games and took part on 33 snaps for the Bulldogs. He recorded 2 tackles, no assists, while adding 2 stops.

In 2020 as a junior Watson played in 11 games and contributed on 348 snaps. He recorded 22 tackles, 10 assists, while making 13 stops. In coverage Watson chalked up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 96.9. As a pass rusher, he produced 5 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and no sacks on the year.

In 2021 as a senior Watson logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 577 snaps for the Bulldogs. He also added 50 tackles, 24 assists, and 30 stops. While in coverage Watson made no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 109.0. As a pass rusher, he tallied 17 total pressures, which included 10 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 5 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Flashes strength to punch or stiff-arm to get off blocks. Stays with plays downfield, often making tackles even after being hit by multiple linemen.
  • Big, aggressive hitter who can lay the wood. Has good awareness to quickly locate the ball, keeping his eyes up and on point.
  • Reads the quarterback to anticipate and is a candidate to play outside.
  • An aggressive run defender, filling run lanes hard, and won't shy from contact. Plays with violence to fight off blocks, flashing a physical nature. An intense, powerful hitter who willingly gives up his body.
  • Gives effort between the tackles to find the ball and is willing to take on linemen.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Often engulfed by NFL-caliber tackles due to his lack of height. Must improve consistency in beating cut blocks.
  • Doesn't have enough speed, power or bulk to fit any LB position perfectly in the NFL.
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How other scouting services rate Nathaniel Watson (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
477.5
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
71.0