Between injury, fumbles, and a subpar offensive line, Melvin Gordon did not have the rookie season that he wanted. But on Saturday, the Chargers went back to Wisconsin and selected an old friend to help the blocking situation when they selected fullback Derek Watt in the 6th round.
For the Chargers, Watt possibly slots in as an H-Back as the Chargers tended to run multiple tight end sets, as he has underutilized but quality hands, and runs good routes. He also provides a more fluid athleticism than the average lead blocking fullback. He'll find a defender and he will absolutely put a body on him. For a team that needs blocking help like San Diego? There seems like a potential for playing time for Watt in San Diego even beyond his special teams ability.
Watt joins linebacker Joe Schobert as Badgers selected on Day 3 of the NFL draft. The Badgers still have several draft prospects potentially selected in the final two rounds.
Woohoooo!!!! So proud of you bro!!!! pic.twitter.com/kC100ZP7Gy— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 30, 2016
Could not be happier or more proud bro!!! Incredible!!! I'm definitely coming to visit!!! @DerekWatt34— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 30, 2016
"Melvin has already texted me a few times today. We gel tremendously on the field. We're going to pick up where we left off." - @DerekWatt34— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) April 30, 2016