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Chargers Draft Wisconsin FB Derek Watt

Derek Watt blocked for Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin.

He’ll now pave the way for him with the Chargers as well.

The Bolts selected the Badgers fullback with the 198th overall pick in the NFL Draft, bringing JJ Watt’s younger brother to America’s Finest City.

We will have more on Watt shortly, but in the meantime, here is his draft profile from NFL.com:

OVERVIEW

While not a thumping fullback/H-back, he has the athleticism to find targets and create creases for excellent backs such as 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon. Watt is a solid receiver (15 catches for 139 yards this season) and can contribute on special teams as well, showing off the tackling skills he possessed as a second-team USA Today All-American high school linebacker. He played the second half of the 2014 season while recovering from a broken foot in the opener, but came back to stay healthy as a senior.

STRENGTHS

Utility man deployed all over the field. Used as lead-blocking fullback in traditional rushing attack. Blocked from "I," off­set and tight end spots. Great radar to fit up on linebackers. Plays with desired toughness and dirty work mentality for the position. Shows no hesitation into iso blocks or when asked to take on defensive linemen. Solid in pass protection. Runs a quality route and had no drops this season. Runs through first contact after the catch. Work ethic and football IQ run in the family. Can offer immediate special teams work.

NFL COMPARISON: Kyle Juszczyk

BOTTOM LINE: Watt’s versatility will be appealing to offenses looking for hybrid types who help to disguise their offensive intentions. While he's not a hammer­head lead blocker who can blow holes open, he can handle his blocking assignments. Watt is an effective play-­action fullback who is a jack-­of­-all­-trades player.

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