Five Things to Know About Chiefs' Fourth-Round Pick Armani Watts

The Chiefs selected Watts with the No. 124 overall pick on Saturday

The Kansas City Chiefs selected former Texas A&M safety Armani Watts with the No. 124 overall pick on Saturday afternoon.

Here are five things to know about the newest Chief.

1. Watts' play garnered national recognition in 2017

Watts tallied 86 tackles (58 solo), 10 tackles-for-loss, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 12 games for the Aggies in 2017, earning First-Team All-SEC and AP Third-Team All-America honors.


2. He was a four-year starter at Texas A&M

Watts' strong 2017 campaign completed a collegiate career in which he recorded 324 tackles (213 solo), 24 tackles-for-loss, 17 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks as a four-year starter in College Station.

His best season came in 2015, when he notched an NCAA-high 83 solo tackles (126 total). That included a 20-tackle performance against Ole Miss – the fifth-most tackles in a single game in school history.

3. Watts has a knack for coming up in the clutch

Watts was responsible for a number of big moments while in the college ranks, including a game-sealing interception in overtime against Arkansas last season and a two-takeaway performance in a close win over Tennessee in 2016.

The defensive back spoke about that playmaking ability at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"It really comes with preparation before the game," Watts said. "Lots of film study and good practice habits. Just knowing where to be at the right time and making the play when it comes."


4. He did a little bit of everything in college

Watts routinely filled up the stat sheet in a variety of ways in college as one of the few players in the SEC to record at least one interception, pass breakup, forced fumble, recovered fumble, sack, quarterback hurry and tackle-for-loss in each of the last two seasons.


5. Watts is a native of Forney, Texas

Watts attended North Forney High School, where he was a First-Team All-State selection and a four-star recruit as a senior. He was a jack of all trades in high school, earning First-Team All-District honors on offense, defense and on special teams.

Regarded as an excellent athlete, Watts tallied nearly 2,000 yards of offense as a quarterback during his junior year.

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