Boogie Watson is teaming up with Benny Snell Jr. in Pittsburgh.
After not hearing his name called during the final rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday night, it didn’t take long for Jamar “Boogie” Watson to find himself a professional football home. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed the former Kentucky Wildcat linebacker to an undrafted free agent contract shortly after the conclusion of the draft.
In addition to Snell Jr., Pittsburgh also employs another pair of one-time ‘Cats, T.J. Carter and Calvin Taylor, giving the Steelers four Kentucky players on the active roster.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 2, 2021
Watson is one of eight undrafted free agents the Steelers added following the conclusion of the Draft and one of two linebackers. He is also one of three former Kentucky players who signed undrafted deals on Saturday night, joining A.J. Rose (Vikings) and Drake Jackson (Lions).
A native of Brandywine, MD, Watson completed his Wildcat career playing in 49 career games with 29 starts, including 19 in a row. A big-play performer, he totaled 107 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, four pass breakups, one interception, and one fumble recovery in his career. His 18.5 career sacks rank fifth in school history.
Watson, who was voted one of 10 team captains in 2020, was part of a senior class who won 37 games (most in a five-season span since 1949-53), won 20 SEC games, most in a five-year span in school history, and who went to five straight bowl games, tying the school record. They also notched victories over six ranked opponents, ended the 31-game losing streak to Florida and won at Tennessee for the first time since 1984.
The 6-foot-2, 241-pound outside linebacker, finished his senior season with a season-high 40 tackles, five sacks and had an interception vs. Mississippi State in which he ripped the ball out of the receiver’s hands just before he crossed the goal line for a score. He earned second-team All-SEC by Phil Steele.
Watson graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in sociology and a criminology minor. He was a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2016-17) as a student-athlete.