Also, while at Southfield High, Watson earned All-State honors at both offensive and defensive tackle. He also: was named All-American by Parade Magazine, selected as second team All-USA offensive lineman by USA Today, named first team all-state offense by the Detroit Free Press, rated #1 on The Detroit News Blue Chip list and named to their Dream Team, ranked the #1 player on Mick McCabe's Fab 50 of Michigan's top college football prospects, rated the #1 offensive lineman in the nation and earned All-America honors, the #23 overall prospect in nation, and #4 player in Midwest by Tom Lemming, named the #23 player in Midwest and #27 defensive lineman in nation by SuperPrep, ranked #3 defensive tackle and given a five-star rating (the only one in 2002 class to do so) by Rivals100.com, ranked #36 recruit by Collegefootballnews.com, rated the #21 player in country by Student Sports, named the #2 nose guard in nation by Max Emfinger, ranked the #33 offensive player in the nation by G&W Recruiting Report.
Watson made his first career appearance at defensive tackle against the Washington Huskies. He recorded his first career tackle at Illinois. Watson totaled one tackle against Penn State. He played defensive tackle against Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.
Watson played defensive tackle against Central Michigan, recording three tackles, including one tackle for a loss. He played defensive tackle against Houston. Watson made one tackle against Notre Dame. He recorded two tackles at Oregon. Watson recorded a career-high four tackles against Indiana. He played defensive tackle at Minnesota, recording one tackle. Watson made one tackle as a backup defensive tackle against Purdue. He played at defensive tackle at Michigan State and at Northwestern. Watson played defensive tackle against Ohio State, recording one tackle. He saw time at defensive tackle against USC in the Rose Bowl. Watson was featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno during the teams Rose Bowl trip.
Watson played at defensive tackle, and recorded one tackle againsty Miami. He recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss at Notre Dame, in his first career start. Watson made two tackles against San Diego State. He recorded six tackles including one sack against Iowa. Watson started at defensive tackle at Indiana. He recorded five tackles including one sack against Minnesota. Watson recoreded one tackle at Illinois. He had three tackles and one tackle for a loss at Purdue. Watson recorded five tackles against Michigan State. He made two tackles and one tackle for a loss against Northwestern. Watson recorded three tackles at Ohio State, including a career-best two tackles for loss. He recorded one tackle against Texas in the Rose Bowl.
He finished his college career with 92 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
He saw his first NFL action on the defense but did not record any statistics against the Kansas City Chiefs. Watson made his first NFL start for the injured Kendrick Clancy, during week six on Monday Night Football, recording two tackles against the Chicago Bears. He tackled Andrew Walter for his first career sack in only his second start while also recording three tackles and two quarterback pressures at the Oakland Raiders. In his third consecutive start, Watson recorded one tackle at the Green Bay Packers. He returned to the starting lineup and had three tackles at the St. Louis Rams. Watson recovered the first fumble of his career against the Seattle Seahawks. In each of the final three games of the season he recorded one tackle (three total).
Watson recorded his first statistics of the season during week three against the Baltimore Ravens. He recorded eight tackles, six solo. In week four against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded two tackles (one solo). During week five against the Rams, Watson three tackles (three solo). In week six against the Carolina Panthers, he recorded five tackles (four solo). Then during week seven against the Washington Redskins, he recorded four tackles (three solo). In week nine against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he recorded on tackle. During week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Watson recorded one tackle. In week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded one tackle. In week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers, Watson recorded two tackles (two solo). During week 13 againt the Cleveland Browns, he recorded one tackle (one solo). In week 14 against the Seahawks, Watson recorded two tackles (two solo). During week 15 against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded one tackle (one solo). In week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons, Watson recorded one tackle (one solo). In the season finale against the Rams, he recorded two tackles (one solo).
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