December 26, 2005John
After Todd Watkins great performance in the Las Vegas Bowl it begs the question if he is going to be an NFL prospect. I must admit that I have no perspective on what the NFL likes and quite frankly I don’t think the NFL really knows what’s going to make it either after you see the likes of Tom Brady, Steve Young and Kurt Warner winning MVP’s after horrible draft picks(or non-existent ones). I’ll admit here that I really thought that last year’s kicker Matt Payne would be a sure draft pick and somehow I don’t think he ever even got picked up as a free agent. With all the horrible kickers I’ve seen in the NFL I’m still not sure why someone hasn’t picked him up.
Back to Watkins, I think everyone would agree that he has NFL talent and speed. The biggest question is why he couldn’t produce in his numbers this year. His Junior year definitely showed some promise, but his senior year he was third on the team with catches. Ok, Johnny Harline is definitely going to the NFL if he stays healthy, but Watkins should never be behind another receiver. He should have demanded the ball.
I blame the offense on why he didn’t get the numbers. All the short passes or nearly running play passes to Brown and Tahi really seem to hurt Watkins style of play. The rest I give to John Beck on probably looking him off a few times for the sure thing short passes. Either way Todd still should have done something to get the ball. What’s the difference between Reno Mahe and Todd Watkins. Reno always seemed to get the ball even though everyone knew he was our top threat. Maybe Todd should have expanded his game to allow him to get those short passes.
I really don’t know what the NFL will do, but I can’t imagine most NFL teams would want to pass up on the talent and play making ability of Todd. I would love to watch him develop with NFL coaching and NFL skill players where he isn’t the number one receiver, but can create some great plays much like Kevin Curtis from Utah State is doing for the Rams.
In fact, why didn’t BYU use Watkins speed like the Rams have done with Curtis on the end around.
Best of Luck Todd!! Your highlights were great to watch.
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I think it is great that Utah made it to a Bowl game and has such a formidable challenge. Too bad just like BYU’s loss to Cal Utah’s loss to Georgia Tech isn’t going to do anything to help with the Mountain West Conference’s hopes of cracking the BCS.
Thankfully in the mind of a BYU fan Utah playing in a bowl game is a complete WIN WIN. If they win the bowl game then it will help raise the position of the Mountain West Conference which could eventually put more money in the pockets of BYU. More importantly, if they lose then it is a win for BYU fans that just love to see Utah lose.
“We’re going to win championships now” was the quote in the Sports Illustrated article about his $700,000 hiring. I’m not sure if he’s referring to himself with all that money or the San Diego State Team. He must not have been around the Mountain West Conference that long. Maybe the Oklahoma mentality is still on his mind. Does he realize what he’s doing to himself. I guess if that’s what you have to say to take home a big pay day I’d be willing to say it too.
Yes, I’ll eat crow if San Diego State wins the Mountain West Conference next year. I’m sure I don’t have to worry about that.