Chicago Bears: 5 late-round wide receiver targets in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears Draft Target: Austin Watkins | UAB

Austin Watkins is one of my personal favorite sleepers in the 2021 NFL Draft at wide receiver. The big-bodied wide receiver looks the part at UAB with multiple great unteachable traits. Watkins isn’t getting talked about enough and could fall as low as the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Watkins is a solid and experienced route-runner. He isn’t perfect, but he possesses great knowledge of it and it displays well on his tape. He is very much so a possession wide receiver as he gets open constantly and shows reliable hands, but isn’t good for many yards after the catch. Watkins is a well-rounded and polished wide receiver.

He doesn’t display any high-level traits and that’s what has him so low likely. Watkins is big, but not physically dominant. He does a great job at winning contested catches and using great grip strength to win balls, but he isn’t elite. He’s awfully close at a lot of things though which is why he is highly underrated.

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Watkins would be great in the same role as Imatorbhebhe. He has a much safer floor than Imatorbhebhe though and could get significant playing time as a rookie. The great thing about him being so well-rounded too is he can probably excel anywhere on offense due to all of his good traits. He would be a great depth piece.