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Watkins could be the best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Julio Jones

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As scouting reports go, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has received a favorable one from a noted evaluator.

In an interview with 104.5 FM The Zone in Nashville on Wednesday, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said Watkins was arguably the top draft-eligible wide receiver prospect since 2011, when Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones were both selected in the top six picks.

“I think that Sammy Watkins is hands-down the best receiver in this draft,” Cosell said, citing Watkins “size, speed, hands, shiftiness, explosion” as strengths.

Green and Jones were outstanding prospects who quickly proved ready for NFL play. Green has made the Pro Bowl in all three of his seasons with Cincinnati, while Jones, a 2012 Pro Bowler, looked on his way to a monster 2013 campaign for Atlanta before suffering a season-ending foot injury.

If Watkins produces like Green or Jones — and right off the bat to boot — then the Clemson star will make a WR-needy team quite happy.

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41 Responses to “Watkins could be the best WR prospect since A.J. Green, Julio Jones”
  1. 702vikes says: Feb 13, 2014 3:01 PM

    vikings baby! i wanted them to get julio a few years back. he would be a beast paired with flash patterson SKOL!

  2. snikerbotloot says: Feb 13, 2014 3:04 PM

    Could you imagine if Detroit drafts him? Calvin & Sammy. Be deadly.

  3. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 13, 2014 3:05 PM

    Anyone who has watched this guy knows this is no exaggeration. He’s the real deal.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    The big difference between A.J. Green and Julio Jones is that A.J. Green is a #1 wide receiver playing against the opponent’s best defensive back and Julio Jones is a #2 receiver playing against the opponent’s #2 or #3 defensive back while playing opposite Roddy White and juiced up tony gonzalez.

    A.J. Green plays with intermittently visible 5th rounder #2 Marvin Jones, invisible 3rd rounder Mohamed Sanu, and slow, undependable Jermaine Gresham.

  5. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 13, 2014 3:09 PM

    Any chance this guy falls to pick 32 for the Hawks? Didn’t think so, but it’s pretty awesome having the 32 pick in the 1st round.

  6. ziggystheansah says: Feb 13, 2014 3:13 PM

    I’d love to see my Leo’s trade up with St. Louis and take Watkins. Of course, if the price is right.

  7. bucjordan says: Feb 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    Wouldn’t mind him at all for the Bucs at #7, although DE is a much more pressing need. Hopefully Cleveland, Oakland, Houston and Jacksonville all take QB’s!

  8. crabbies2013 says: Feb 13, 2014 3:17 PM

    He would be great as a #2 behind Josh Gordon in Cleveland.

  9. zeedoubleyou says: Feb 13, 2014 3:18 PM

    ‘Sammy Watkins is a better prospect than Tavon Austin or Justin Blackmon were’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  10. skleech22 says: Feb 13, 2014 3:21 PM

    He’s a future RAIDER!

  11. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    He has potential to be a great WR, but I think a lot of it depends on where he lands. It takes at least a good QB to maximize a great WR.

  12. schmitty2 says: Feb 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    I would love for the Ram’s to take him as they lack a true #1wr but they have other more pressing needs on Oline and at safety. Hoping someone will trade up with them.

  13. qdog112 says: Feb 13, 2014 3:37 PM

    It can be argued that Watkins is even better than Jones and Green, after the catch. While he may not have their top end straight away speed, he is one of the most elusive after the catch in a long time.

  14. humbleminded85 says: Feb 13, 2014 3:44 PM

    Fact… Andy Dalton is still is 0-3 when it matters and is single handedly holding back a championship roster while Flacco’s two biggest concerns are between 1)Which type of lighting best shows off his ring and 2)Where are the best pothole-free roads in bmore that would allow him to redline his lovely Corvette that he received after winning the MVP.

  15. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Feb 13, 2014 3:45 PM

    Niners front office needs to do what they do best and trade up for Sammy! They can easily use some of the picks their geniuses have acquired to get it done, won’t be able to fit 8 rookies on this roster anyway.

  16. joemammy says: Feb 13, 2014 3:49 PM

    Josh Gordon is the best receiver in the NFL.

    Watkins should feel insulted, being mentioned in the same breath as those two second-rate WR’s…

  17. arwiv says: Feb 13, 2014 3:59 PM

    Unless you have a top 5 or 6 pick (top 10 is stretching it) you aren’t getting Watkins. He’ll probably be a Raider.

  18. bengalsfan20 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    I agree, this dude will be a stud. Reminds me a ton of Julio, I think he could be the next top tier receiver to come out of college.

  19. sandypar77 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Sammy, hope you packed your longjohns!!

  20. 80sbroncofan says: Feb 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    He may make it out of the top 5 because of the high demand in quarterbacks but he will not make it out of the top 10.

  21. prussian11 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    He’ll be drafted by Oakland and be lost in the abyss of “what if”.

  22. asimonetti88 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    Marqise Lee behind Watkins is a pretty good prospect too

  23. gadzod says: Feb 13, 2014 4:29 PM

    He grew up a Bills fan. Might as well draft him when we obviously need a WR!

  24. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    Even the best WR can’t catch balls if they’re in the turf or 6 feet over his head. Hope he lands with a team with a decent QB.

  25. realfootballfan says: Feb 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    That he is. This guy is going to be pure S.T.U.D. in the league.

  26. klroot says: Feb 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    Watkins would look good next to Gordon, in ORANGE, WHITE, & BROWN !!!

  27. cfos00 says: Feb 13, 2014 4:48 PM

    He does look great, but we hear this about stud WRs in college almost every year. Half the time, you get Julio or Calvin or AJ. Half the time you get Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, Chad Jackson, Rashaun Woods, Reggie Williams, or David Terrell. I hope that the kid does great, and ends up having a great career. It just seems like a coin flip with first round wrs.

  28. yaryers says: Feb 13, 2014 5:06 PM

    People were saying similar things about Marqise Lee two years ago, before his injury and QB issues. It will be interesting to see if Watkins has a that much better a career than Lee.

  29. theeperspective says: Feb 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    @doctorrustbelt, cool. Guess what? Your point about how AJ Green is so much better than Julio Jones is pretty great considering how Jones has helped his team to an NFC Championship and your team hasn’t won a playoff game in about 20 years.

  30. dangerturtle says: Feb 13, 2014 5:56 PM

    This kid could even make Geno look good.

  31. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Feb 13, 2014 8:14 PM

    theeperspective, wrong. The Falcons haven’t won an NFC Championship since 1998, Julio MIGHT have been playing optimist at that time…….

  32. thereyougo2 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:17 PM

    A J Green makes Dalton look like a pro QB and besides the tight ends in New Orleans and New England would make any team better than they are.

    What we don’t know about Watkins until he gets on a NFL field is can he take it.

  33. rmfp1978 says: Feb 13, 2014 8:47 PM

    I’m hoping rams trade their pick and still end up with Watkins. The verdict isn’t out w long or saffold plus fisher has never picked a tackle in the first round. They need to fill safety through free agency maybe delmas They need some experience they’re already the youngest team.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 13, 2014 9:24 PM

    A can’t miss pick. Watkins is the real deal.

  35. winninaintsinnin says: Feb 13, 2014 10:11 PM

    Since he won’t end up in Seattle, my guess is he’ll be mediocre.

    M-e-d-I-o-c-r-e

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 13, 2014 10:38 PM

    Antonio Brown laughs at all of these high draft pick underachievers.

  37. irvfin3 says: Feb 14, 2014 3:37 AM

    I’d love for the Jets to try and get him if not then Ebron or Lee depending on who they acquire from FA.

  38. lboogk says: Feb 14, 2014 3:52 PM

    Sammy Watkins with Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson in buffalo would be a good mix

  39. 49ersmartinez52 says: Feb 14, 2014 4:10 PM

    The browns should take Watkins, they don’t need a qb they looked good with Brian Hoyer. All you need is an average qb when you have Josh Gordon and their tight end Jordan add in Watkins and that’s a deadly trio that any solid qb can work with

  40. vipod4ever says: Feb 14, 2014 10:43 PM

    Watkins to Oakland, he could make the Raiders viable until they get a qb, similar to what Tim Brown did for them in the ’90’s. Brown played for garbage qb’s for a decade until Gannon came along. The wait for Watkins will only be a year!

  41. natijim235 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:24 PM

    too bad he goes to a crappy team

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