Skip to main content

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Takes Ivy-Leaguer Watson at No. 144

The Buccaneers selected wide receiver Justin Watson out of the University of Pennsylvania in the fifth-round.


The Buccaneers selected wide receiver Justin Watson out of the University of Pennsylvania with the No. 144 pick in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Watson is 6'3", 225 pounds and was a First-Team AP FCS All-America selection during his senior year. He was one of the most productive receivers in Ivy League and FCS history, registering over 1,000 yards in each of his last three seasons at Penn. He was a 2015 All-Ivy selection and finished as the runner-up for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, after recording 74 catches for 1,082 yards and nine receiving touchdowns.

During his senior year, he caught 81 passes for 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games. Penn won the Ivy League two times while Watson was on the team. The Pennsylvania-native garnered more attention at his pro day, where he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and a 40-inch vertical leap. His time was made even more impressive considering his NFL size at 225 pounds.

Watson added to his draft stock by his showing at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl this offseason as well, making a great one-handed catch for a touchdown in the latter. He's been touted as a capable blocker by, as well as having big pass-catching ability with good ball tracking ability. He could provide another sideline threat for the Bucs with his speed and ability to bring in the ball over his shoulder, according to

Off the field, Watson excelled in the classroom, earning a degree from the Wharton School of Business.

The Bucs have one remaining pick at No. 202 in the draft.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Latest Headlines