2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Preview – Sammy Watkins
Some great talent coming into the league this year. Tons of teams in need of adding depth and talent outside the numbers. With all the young Quarterbacks that have taken over the league in the past three-to-five years, we saw plenty of teams build their receiving corps through the draft. Lots and lots of big, tall, strong play-making receivers available this year. We can expect to see a ton of rookies make an impact in 2014, just hope your team drafted the right one!
1. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, 4.43 40-yard dash
Sammy Watkins is a legitimate No. 1-caliber receiver in the making! Give it time, it’s not going to happen over night and it will make a big difference what offensive scheme snags him in the draft. His skill-set will be best used in his first few seasons as a No.2 across from a established threat to allow him to bulk up and continue to grow. His 6-foot-1, 210 lbs frame will serve as a solid target but he has seen alot of his production come in a gimmicky offense and could use a bit of polishing on his route running ability.
Watkins has exceptional football playing speed. He has world-class track speed, extends outside his frame and plucks the ball out of the air, outstanding body control and agility, tracks the ball very well over his shoulder and is a natural hands-catcher who can make an average quarterback look good.
Watkins stepped onto the field as a true freshman in 2011 and made an immediate, game-changing impact recording 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He unfortunately was slowed by a shoulder injury as well as two counts of misdemeanor possession when he was pulled over and found to have marijuana and pills he did not have a prescription for. As a sophomore, a two-game suspension and a shoulder injury limited him to start just 7 of 10 games dropping his 2012 production to 57 receptions for 708 yards and 3 touchdowns playing across from the Houston Texans 2013 first-round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins. Watkins responded with a strong junior season and capped his career as one of the most impactful receivers in school history. As a junior, Watkins was a force that could not be stopped. He was able to produce 3 games with at least 10-plus receptions, his rare speed, soft hands and the big-play ability allowed him to produce 60-plus yards in every game accept two in 2013 including 8 games with 100-plus yards receiving. Watkins was not only a big play threat but was also the most consistent chain mover. In 2013, Watkins recorded 6-plus receptions in 10 of 13 games and had 3 games with multiple touchdowns, 12 total.
Watkins was a second-team All-American selection and first-team All-ACC pick in 2013. He finished first in school history in receptions (240) and receiving yards (3,391). He was the 4th true freshman to be first-team All-American (Herschel Walker in 1980, Marshall Faulk in 1991 and Adrian Peterson in 2004).
Sammy owns 23 different Clemson records, including career receptions (240), receiving yards (3,391) and touchdowns (27, tied with Hopkins). The kid can flat out fly, he won the AA state title in the 200 meters and finished second in the 100 meters. His speed will be able to take the top of defenses with ease.
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