Linebacker Brandon Watts has been selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the 223rd overall pick. He is the third player from Georgia Tech to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, following DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (2nd round, #50 overall by San Diego Chargers) and DB Jemea Thomas (6th round, 206th overall by New England Patriots). The 2014 Draft featured three Jackets being selected, the most in any Draft since 2010 saw four players from Georgia Tech picked.
Originally from Tennille, GA, Watts started 29 games at Georgia Tech, including 25 over his last two years, and played in 49 games over his entire tenure at school as an outside linebacker. He recorded 143 tackles over the past two years, third-most on the team. His last two seasons also saw him record 4.5 sacks, an interception, and three forced fumbles. Watts opened some eyes in a big way at his Pro Day by showing off his athleticism, particularly with his speed for someone his size (6'2", 235lbs).
From Watts' pre-Draft profile...
Strengths: Athleticism, Durability, Versatility, Tackling, Value Late in Draft, Awareness, Range
Weaknesses: Size, Strength, Playmaking Ability
For more on Watts' selection, check out SB Nation's Vikings blog Daily Norseman. Congratulations Brandon!!