Two references give Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson's dream of making it from a Division II school to the NFL an extra boost of credibility. One: Azusa Pacific's offensive line coach Jackie Slater, a Hall of Famer who blocked for Walter Payton in college and Eric Dickerson in the NFL, says he will be shocked if Watson fails to make an NFL roster this season. Two: Watson has broken just about every significant rushing record at Azusa Pacific, which means something because the previous holder for most of them was Christian Okoye, whose six NFL seasons include a rushing title.
Learn more about Watson, who is listed as 6-2 and 240 pounds, and how he overcame a learning disability to become a player -- and here's a third reference -- that former NFL coach Mike Martz says, "belongs in the NFL."
Watson was not invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, but he gave a strong performance in a pro day at his school. His time of 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash would have tied him for fourth among running backs at the combine, and it ranks ahead of noted backs Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin (4.52) and Cameron Artis-Payne of Auburn (4.53).
In a scouting report of Watson, R.C. Fischer wrote: "In a sea of RB prospects who are talented and weigh between 200-220 pounds, Watson presents a unique, more attractive option to NFL teams at nearly 240-pounds with the speed-agility similar to the RBs who are 20-40 pounds smaller than him."