Many projected top picks opt to do minimal work at the combine in Indianapolis and save their full workout for an on-campus pro day later in the predraft process.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is expected to go early in May, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that he won’t be following that blueprint. Rapoport reports that Watkins is expected to participate in all drills at the combine later this month.
Based on the explosiveness and athletic ability that Watkins showed throughout his college career, his efforts in Indy should make for a good watch. Watkins was unofficially timed with a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at Clemson last year and a repeat would likely make him one of the fastest players in this year’s draft class.
We’ve learned many times over the years not to make too much of splashy combine performances, but Watkins has already put together a body of work that makes him the favorite to be the first wide receiver off the board in the first round. If he does well in the drills, that status will only be solidified.