Armani Watts Discusses Why He Waited on Entering the NFL Draft

Texas A&M’s Armani Watts spent time at SEC Media Days discussing his choice to return to school instead of entering the NFL Draft. 

Watts shocked many by deciding to return to Texas A&M for his senior season instead of being a projected day two pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.  He said it came down to him suffering an injury.

“It was definitely on my mind, but I got injured last year so that played a big part in coming back,” Watts said.  “Being able to play for my senior year is a great thing and I’m happy to be back at Texas A&M again.”

He also mentioned that being a leader on defense was included as one of the deciding factors.  With the departure of Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall, Watts looks to be the best of the Aggie defenders.

Texas A&M head Coach Kevin Sumlin spoke about his star defensive back saying, “Armani Watts, who is a fabulous football player, a young man, probably going to be an All-SEC candidate again. A guy that had an opportunity to turn pro last year, got an injury late in the year but was not surgical, so sat down with him. He’s decided to come back. He’s doing a great job with leadership on our football team, particularly defensively.”



The Aggie safety is highly ranked among defensive backs in the 2018 NFL Draft cycle and is one of our top defenders in the class.

We wrote a prospect preview for Watts last season.

Watts was named to the Bednarik watch list this offseason and is probable selection for the Senior Bowl in Mobile after the 2017 college football season.




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