Dekoda Watson (born March 3, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.
Watson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010
|No. 56 – Denver Broncos|
|Born:||March 3, 1988|
Aiken, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||South Aiken|
(Aiken, South Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 217|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Watson attended South Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he was a letterman in football and track. In high school football, he recorded 123 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior, earning him all-state honors by SCVarsity.com and all-southern team by the Orlando Sentinel. In his junior season, he registered 102 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 18 sacks from the defensive end position. Watson was named Defensive MVP after recording nine tackles and a sack for the South Carolina team in the annual North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.
In track & field, Watson was an standout athlete as sprinter/jumper. At the 2006 Region 4-4A, he captured two state titles, winning the triple jump with a leap of 42 ft 10 in (13.10 m), and running the lead leg on the South Aiken 4 × 100 m relay, helping them win the event with a time of 42.59 seconds. In addition, he also earned a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, with a PR time of 11.07 seconds.
In his initial year at Florida State, Watson played in 12 games and earned one starting assignment at the weakside linebacker position against Boston College, stepping in for the injured Geno Hayes. He totaled 23 tackles to finish second on the team among first year players (second to Myron Rolle) in total tackles, and earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors by The Sporting News.
As a sophomore, Watson started all 12 games during the regular season at the strong side linebacker position and ranked fifth on the team with a single-season career-high 50 tackles. In his junior year, he ranked fourth among Seminoles defenders with 46 tackles.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in
|4.56 s||1.54 s||2.60 s||4.11 s||6.82 s||40 in
|11 ft 2 in
|All values from NFL Combine, except 40 yard dash which is from FSU Pro Day.|
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
New England PatriotsEdit
On September 16, 2015, the Patriots re-signed Watson. They released him again on September 30, 2015.
Watson was once again signed by the Patriots on December 29, 2015.
San Francisco 49ersEdit
On September 8, 2018, Watson was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 1, 2018. On December 5, 2018, Watson was placed on injured reserve for the second time in a year with a calf injury.
Denver Broncos (second stint)Edit
On April 27, 2019, the 49ers traded Watson, along with a sixth round draft pick, to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fifth round pick.
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- "49ers Sign LB Dekoda Watson". 49ers.com. March 17, 2017.
- "49ers place Dekoda Watson on injured reserve". NinersNation.com. September 8, 2018.
- "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves ahead of Week 9". 49ers.com. November 1, 2018.
- "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". 49ers.com. December 5, 2018.
- DiLalla, Aric (April 27, 2019). "Broncos trade fifth-round pick to San Francisco for LB Dekoda Watson, sixth-round pick". DenverBroncos.com.