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Exclusive First Interview with Derek Watt

Shortly after the Chargers took him with the 198th overall selection, fullback Derek Watt called to give his first interview as a member of the Bolts. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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.

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