Hometown Bears to give guards Chris Watt, Zach Fulton a look
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter April 17, 2014 10:04PM
Updated: April 18, 2014 12:54PM
The path to the NFL has taken Notre Dame’s Chris Watt and Tennessee’s Zach Fulton out of their comfort zones at guard, a position they’ve handled well at big-time programs. But Watt and Fulton are all for broadening their horizons by working at center for NFL teams.
‘‘Every team has had me snap at least a few times every time they came in,’’ Watt said.
‘‘I’ve been working on my snaps,’’ Fulton said.
And their hometown Bears might ask Watt (Glenbard West) and Fulton (Homewood-Flossmoor) to do the same when they take part in the team’s local pro day Friday at Halas Hall.
‘‘Most of the teams want me to be able to know the three interior positions,’’ Watt said. ‘‘That’s the best way to get onto the field.’’
Teams definitely have taken notice of Watt, a 6-3, 310-pounder who is a third- or fourth-round pick in NFL.com’s projections. He has worked out for several NFL teams at Notre Dame.
‘‘I have had good, positive feedback as far as my film review with teams,’’ said Watt, who started 34 consecutive games for the Irish.
Fulton, a 6-5, 316-pounder, has been part of workouts with the Lions, Falcons, Panthers and others at Tennessee.
‘‘There have been lots of meetings with coaches and doing a lot of board work,’’ said Fulton, who started 40 of 43 games in college. ‘‘They are all saying that our whole offensive line is capable of playing at the next level.’’
Fulton said he didn’t have a favorite team growing up. But for Watt, who attended Bears training camps as a kid, heading to Halas Hall will be surreal.
‘‘But I have to make sure I’m at my best and the coaches see my best effort,’’ Watt said.
And if that means playing center?
‘‘I’m definitely ready in that aspect,’’ Watt said.