Shortly after the Chargers took him with the 198th overall selection, fullback Derek Watt called Chargers.com to give his first interview as a member of the Bolts.
Chargers.com: Congratulations, Derek! How does it feel to be a member of the San Diego Chargers?
Watt: It feels amazing. It’s awesome that they wanted me, and I’m so excited to head out there and get started.
Chargers.com: What’s it like to reunite with your former Badger running back Melvin Gordon, who you used to block for?
Watt: I’m definitely excited. I got to see him when I went out there for my visit. Melvin has already texted me a few times today. We gel tremendously on the field. We're going to pick up right where we left off. I know he’s excited. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great experience being back together.
Chargers.com: How do you describe your game?
Watt: I just try to do as many things as possible. I try to be versatile. I want to be able to play and do whatever they ask me to do on offense and special teams. I want to master my craft in every possible way and be valuable.
Chargers.com: How have the Chargers told you they plan to use you?
Watt: They told me they definitely want a fullback on the roster. They said they are excited about me, and said I also have to make my money on special teams. I have to be involved a ton on special teams and make plays.
Chargers.com: Have to ask you about your brother, JJ Watt. We play Houston this year, so what will it be like to go against him?
Watt: That will be good! It will definitely be a special day because we’ve never had that opportunity in the past. He’s already called me and is super excited for me. He’s as happy as ever. It will be a great time. I think it will definitely be interesting to go against him. He’s obviously a tremendous player so it will be a great challenge
Chargers.com: How has the fullback position evolved since you started at Wisconsin?
Watt: People say it is a dying position, but there is definitely a need for it still. You see other fullbacks drafted as well. This is a great opportunity for me. Fullbacks may not play as many snaps as they used to, but there is still a need. You get the run game going, and you have to make an impact on special teams.
Chargers.com: How did Wisconsin prepare you for the NFL?
Watt: The program at Wisconsin is fantastic. The offense there definitely uses a fullback, so the tradition we have and the coaching staff leads to success. They definitely got me ready for the next step, so I am looking forward to coming to San Diego and continuing to better my game. To the Chargers fans, you’ve got a fullback now. I'm going to come out there, work as hard as possible and make the team better.