Eagles kick off fourth round by taking Jaylen Watkins

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The final day of the 2014 NFL Draft has begun.

The Eagles got the ball rolling on the final four rounds by selecting Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins with the 101st overall pick. They acquired the pick in a trade with the Texans on Friday when Houston moved into the third round to take defensive tackle Louis Nix. The Eagles also acquired a fifth-round pick in the deal.

Watkins played both cornerback and safety in Gainesville, giving the Eagles a piece that they could use in various ways in the secondary. Safety might be a bigger immediate need, but Watkins could earn snaps at either spot depending on how things work out over the summer.

Watkins is the first member of the Florida secondary to be drafted this year, but the second member of his family. He’s the older half-brother of Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the first round.

22 responses to “Eagles kick off fourth round by taking Jaylen Watkins

  1. So, Jerry Rice’s cousin and Sammy Watkins half brother. I see chip likes to keep it in the family!

  2. Smallish,,,,,, will never be an impact player has a chance to have a solid career on special teams ! Other than that good pick !

  3. Brandon Graham… Danny Watkins… Don’t act as if Howie is a genius. In fact, he’s terrible

  4. Southwest FL representing in the NFL. Next guy up you will see is Tre Boston from North Fort myers.

    Both he and Eagles safety Nate Allen went to Cape Coral high school.

    Last year fullback Tommy Bohanon on the Jets.. from North Fort Myers. SWFL is a honey hole for NFL talent

  5. 700levelvet says:
    May 10, 2014 12:34 PM
    Brandon Graham… Danny Watkins… Don’t act as if Howie is a genius. In fact, he’s terrible

    Andy and dictator Joe Banner were responsible for those picks… look what the Eagles have done since Chip came to down and since Howie took over as the main talent evaluator.

  6. Those who think Jaylen can “play multiple positons” and was a “steal” didn’t watch him play at UF. Marginal talent who’s hype is driven up because of his name. That being said I’m rooting for him because he’s local but having watched him he’s not even the best DB from this TOWN in this year’s draft. That would be Tre Boston, whom the Eagles should have took

  7. @mikelitoris1

    What have they done? Besides Benny Logan who wore down at the end of the year Ertz was the only one who contributed from Chips draft class. Howie is not above reproach

  8. Uuhh, lane johnson started 16 games at RT on one of the top offenses in football, how did fisher and joeckel do?

  9. Lane Johnson started 16 games at right tackle for one of the top offenses in football, how did Fisher and Joeckel do??

  10. Thumbs down for my SWFL comment? 4 players have already been selected from one city! Jaylen Watkins, Jaylen Watkins, Tre Boston, now Aaron Lynch all Lee county boys. Miami/houston/Lakeland suck on 239

  11. @elmerbrown

    Courtand finnegan cornerback from the titans got drafted in the 7th round and he’s only 5’10 weighting at 179 Lbs. He’s a pretty good corner. So you don’t have any idea what kind of player this kid is going be.

  12. To the “football genius” above who says Howie Roseman stinks. This years draft doesn’t look great on paper..but I’ll give Chip and Howie the benefit of the doubt after Howie’s first 2 drafts
    2012 : ( might be best eagles draft ever)
    Fletcher Cox (1)
    Mychal kendricks (2)
    Vinny Curry (3)
    Nick Foles (4)
    Brandon Boykin (5)
    Bryce Brown (7)
    (just traded him for more value then they spent on him..so good pick)

    Lane Johnson (1)
    Zach Ertz (2)
    Bennie logan (3)
    Matt Barkley (4)
    (i actually believe it was a good pick..he didn’t play well last year but he was thrown into bad situations w/o practice or warning..either way it was a good pick At the time)
    Earl Wolf (5)
    Joe Kruger / Jordan Poyer (7)

    If Howie Roseman has had bad drafts..would love to see him have a good one !!..these 2 drafts might rank as the 2 best in eagle history before its all said and done

  13. I like the value but he seems like more of a project than a immediate solution.. yes he may pan out to be a good DB but he may also end up as a decent special teamer.. not the kind of return you’d hope for in a 4th round pick.

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