Armon Watts – DT (2019)
In a shocking turn of events, the Vikings’ sixth-round pick from a season ago made this all-decade list. Part of it is due to the lack of options, but credit does have to be given to Armon Watts for making an impact in the brief amount of playing time he got in 2019.
For whatever reason, Minnesota didn’t activate Watts until the midway point of the season. In his first game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10, he made his presence known with three tackles and half a sack. He showed great burst off the line and was getting in the Cowboys’ backfield consistently.
Turns out that game wasn’t a fluke as Watts just knows how to make plays. A few weeks later, he swatted a pass that led to an Anthony Harris pick-six. Then later in the season, he also forced a fumble that ended in the Vikings’ favor.
Watts finished his rookie campaign with 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. He did all of this in just seven games. If Minnesota would’ve just played him more from the start, he could’ve been in the discussion for the team’s defensive rookie of the year.
Watts did get hurt late in the season and he missed the Vikings’ two playoff games. This was unfortunate, but Minnesota has to be very excited about this kid’s future, especially knowing that he will be getting another season of tutelage from the team’s great defensive line coach, Andre Patterson.