ScoutTV: Breaking Down Kenny Watkins

ScoutTV: Breaking Down Kenny Watkins

Indiana commmitment Kenny Watkins missed all of last season, but still showed enough this summer to earn an offer from the Hoosiers. With his regular season over, we can take a look at his play as a senior and get a better idea of what he will bring to Bloomington.

Kenny Watkins missed last year due to mono, but he has started this entire season for Birmingham Brother Rice and has shown the ability to play cornerback, safety and special teams.

Strengths: Watkins has excellent measureables. He is big (6'0, 190) and has 4.4 speed. He shows this in coverage as he can run stride for stride with receivers and use his size to compete for jump balls. He also shows willingness to come up and support the run. His size and strength allows him to get off blocks and he is a very solid tackler.

Areas for Improvement: Since he is realtively inexperienced, the key for Watkins in college will be to learn the finer points of the position, technique and route recognition. In the short term, one area I would like to see him improve in is ball skills. He is usually in good position and breaks up his share of passes, but being able to turn those into turnovers would allow him to take his game up another notch.

Bottom Line: Indiana is getting a great athlete who clearly is on his way up. He is still learning and still improving, but already has the physical tools to play in college. How quickly he learns will determine how soon he sees the field. He could play cornerback or safety but ultimately, I would project him more at safety because of his tackling ability and size.

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