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2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Safeties

2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Safeties

S: Ryan Watts | Texas

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  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 208
  • School: Texas
  • Class: Senior
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Watts’ length far exceeds most of the safeties in the draft class as his 6-foot-3, 206-pound frame allows him to close on threats coming into his range in a hurry. With the Cowboys having a history of playing with a big safety in recent years, Watts fits that mold. Having primarily played boundary corner in his time with the Longhorns, Watts would see speedier and shiftier receiver threats get past him with their athleticism. At the safety position, he would still need improvement in his man-cover skills to account for slot weapons.

OVERVIEW: A product of nearby Little Elm High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Watts started his college career at Ohio State before transferring to Texas, where he was a fixture in the secondary for the College Football Playoff semifinalists in 2023. His 89 tackles in two seasons saw him make plays in the receiving game and also in the run game, proving he could provide a quick diagnosis from the boundary on outside zone runs. His presence as a safety at the next level seems more likely, as he will be able to transfer his length to rangier positioning.

COMPARISON: Jayron Kearse