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    NFL Combine: Florida State's Dekoda Watson turning heads

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    Courtesy of Michael C. Wright,

    The situation seems perplexing for former Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson.

    While his chiseled physique (6-4, 240 pounds) and freakish speed reinforce the comparisons made to former Seminoles stars Derrick Brooks, Ernie Sims and Michael Boulware, NFL scouts rank Watson from third- to 10th-best at his position, and most draft publications project him as a third- or fourth-round pick.

    "The combine is somewhere I can get my name out there, show my talents, and show [teams] that I can play for them," Watson said.

    Perhaps Watson accomplished that goal Monday with his performance at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Watson ranked second among linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.56) and vertical leap (40 inches) and tied for second at his position with a 4.11-second time in the 20-yard shuttle.

    Most scouts expected Watson to flash such athleticism during combine workouts. Where he's struggled, it appears, is in the production and durability departments. Watson played all 13 games as a senior at FSU, posting career highs in tackles (65), tackles for lost yardage (13) and sacks (61/2) on the way to earning recognition as an all-Atlantic Coast Conference second-teamer.

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