Every year there’s a couple undrafted free agents that outplay what everybody expected from them. This year I think it’s Dixie State QB Malik Watson, and I’ll tell you why.
Watson was supposed to come into the draft in 2017, but due to a shoulder injury, he was forced to medical redshirt in 2016, which lead to him being lost in the mix of QB prospects.
In Watson’s sophomore year of college with the Contra Costa Comets, he totaled 2,700 yards along with 18 TDs in 11 games that season. Watson totaled 1,597 yards, 14 TDs, and 7 INTs, while also totaling 32 yards and 1 TD rushing in his final year of college while starting 8 games. He missed the final 3 games of his senior year due to a concussion.
Aside from a couple injuries throughout his career, Watson has a great build at 6’2 220 lbs. He knows how to stand in the pocket with poise and deliver an accurate ball without shying away from contact.
Watson’s former OC/QB coach at San Jose State, Al Borges said about his QB “Watson has NFL talent with his arm strength, size, knowledge, and work ethic. I always knew he’d get there, and I wish I had him for another year.”
Watson’s OC/QB coach at Dixie State, Reilly Murphy, also said about him, “Malik is the type of guy you want to build your team around. First one to the facility and the last to leave.”
It’s amazing that Malik wasn’t drafted a couple weeks ago, and still has yet to be signed by an NFL team. His college highlights prove that he should have been drafted by a team in the draft. He makes passes that I haven’t seen by a starting QB in a long time.
Watson is garnering interest from a few teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, San Fransisco 49ers, and the Indianapolis Colts. He easily has some of the best football IQ out of this years prospects. Oakland’s QB coach Brian Callahan told him that he had a good grasp on everything after he was quizzed by the coach. Watson was told by a team that they thought he played exceptionally well in his All-star game and liked what he did in the regular season as well.
Watson is well-respected by all his coaches, teammates, and everyone you talk with that knows Watson. He has one of those feel good stories that you love to have on your team, or just the NFL altogether.
While doing a Q&A for NFLDraftDiamonds.com, Watson mentioned an interesting story of his. After leaving the San Jose State football team, Watson was homeless for a month living inside his car around the city, before finding a job & an apartment. Eventually, Watson got an offer from Dixie State to play his senior year where he was able to make a name for himself.
We want to wish Watson best of luck wherever he plays next!