By Otis Kirk
Prior to the 2018 season, Armon Watts wasn’t even on the NFL’s radar.
However, Arkansas’ senior defensive tackle changed all that in 2018. He went out and had an outstanding season and it resulted in him being drafted on Saturday. Watts went in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings.
On Tuesday, Watts extended praise to Chad Morris and what the second-year head coach is building at Arkansas.
“I bought into the program…it paid off BIG TIME.”@armonwatts knows there’s something special being built on The Hill. #WPS #ProHogs pic.twitter.com/hMXBZHp5WX — Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) April 30, 2019
Prior to 2018, Watts had seven tackles and one quarterback hurry in three seasons. Just in 2018, Watts had 49 tackles, including 25 solo, 8.5 for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, three quarterback hurries and a pair of pass breakups in 12 games, including 11 starts.
He totaled 621 snaps in 2018 starting the final 11 games. He had just 114 snaps in the three seasons prior to last fall. He earned the Crip Hall Award for his play against Tulsa in a 23-0 homecoming win. He was honored by the Little Rock Touchdown Club with the Dan Hampton Award (defensive lineman of the year) and Paul Eels Award (perseverance through adversity).
The former St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High School standout chose the Hogs over Missouri, Wisconsin and others during the recruiting process.