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Sammy Watkins solidifies his status as the top receiver in the draft

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Sammy Watkins of Clemson was widely regarded as the best wide receiver in this year’s draft heading into the Scouting Combine, and he’ll be widely regarded as the best wide receiver heading out of the Combine as well.

Watkins ran two very fast 40-yard dash times, unofficially timed at 4.34 seconds and 4.37 seconds. Watkins won the Florida state title in the 200 meters and came in second in the 100 meters as a senior in high school, so he’s long been known for his straight-line speed.

More importantly, Watkins showed elite speed on the field in college. Last year he had 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns and was the best receiver in college football. For that matter, Watkins was ready for the NFL right out of college: As a true freshman he had 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns and was just the fourth true freshman to be a first-team Associated Press All American, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson.

That’s good company to be in. Watkins was a great player from the first time he stepped on the field at Clemson, and he looks like he’ll be a great player in the NFL.

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49 Responses to “Sammy Watkins solidifies his status as the top receiver in the draft”
  1. demolition510 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:33 PM

    If Al were alive he’d be in Silver & Black. Actually he may still end up there. We need playmakers everywhere bad

  2. kwjsb says: Feb 23, 2014 1:34 PM

    This should be the Browns man. What a huge mismatch for any defense along side Gordon with Cameron in the middle of the field. Also, and insurance policy in-case Gordon has a relapse in judgement and is banned for a year.

  3. eblurb37 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:35 PM

    This is not the Olympics. There has been a lot of fast guys that were horrible Wide Receivers.

  4. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    Gordon/Watkins would be scary Cleveland….

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    Stud.

  6. elliottcovert says: Feb 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    Nothing’s certain in the NFL, but this kid has the tools to be elite.

  7. open1337 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:43 PM

    On the Raiders new rebuild, he’s a cornerstone. Reggie Mackenzie building a monster team.

  8. fr0sted21 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:44 PM

    40 yard dash isn’t about speed, it’s about acceleration. Speed is measured by an event like the 100 meter dash

  9. fr0sted21 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:45 PM

    Watkins may be the fastest player out of all the WR, but not the best accelerator.

  10. liontuss says: Feb 23, 2014 1:46 PM

    Megatron / Watkins.

  11. source7769 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:47 PM

    apparently you guys never watched him play he has great hands to go with that speed

  12. ducksflyhigh says: Feb 23, 2014 1:47 PM

    speed, good hands, and ability to break tackles is why he’s going to be good. He’ll break some records his rookie year.

  13. walkers8484 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:48 PM

    SUPERSTAR…,in braids!

  14. TeamBalco says: Feb 23, 2014 1:49 PM

    Michael Sam chews wintergreen tobacco pouches.

  15. robertb655 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:53 PM

    Welcome to the Jets lol, have fun catching passes from an awful QB

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 23, 2014 1:53 PM

    This is a guy worthy of a high first.
    Forget Bridgewater and Clowney.

  17. dioxinblues says: Feb 23, 2014 1:53 PM

    (sincerely asked questions): Is he football smart? Does he read defenses and make adjustments? Can he go to the ball and make the tough catches? Does he have good hands? All of this means more than straight-ahead speed.

  18. robertb655 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:54 PM

    Darrius Hayward-Bay 2.0?

  19. ramitbaby says: Feb 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    I’m happy.

  20. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    He’s easily the top receiver in the draft. Well-rounded receiver with big-time playmaking abilities. He’ll make some team very happy.

  21. thevikesarebest says: Feb 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    If u want a ring.come to the Vi kings.

  22. skinnyca3sar says: Feb 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    If you watched play any ball, he was a man amongst boys…kid’s legit

  23. nflfollower says: Feb 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    If he fell to detroit that would be nice. But nice things dont usually happen to our franchise. Plus he is too much of a playmaker to fall that far.

  24. edavidberg says: Feb 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    There are some incredibleplayers at the top of the draft. Clowney, Watkins and Mack all project to be tremendous players. I can see the Texans taking Bridgewater at number one but if Jax or Cleveland passes up on any of these three for a QB they will regret it.

    If I’m CLE they guy I’m hoping is still around at pick three is Watkins.

  25. sfm073 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:28 PM

    Can the rams afford to pass on this guy? Tayvon probably will never be a true number 1 receiver like this guy can be. If I’m the rams front office and I’m truly going to stick with Bradford, then I’m making sure he is surrounded with extreme talent.

  26. realnflmaster says: Feb 23, 2014 2:29 PM

    40 times are useless in your underwear

  27. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 23, 2014 2:33 PM

    I’d argue that the Rams stay at two and take him.Give Brandon another weapon

  28. realfootballfan says: Feb 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    Go with those other players who were true freshmen All Americans for reference of this guy’s talent. Watkins is that good.

  29. ballboy48 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:13 PM

    If this kid goes to Cleveland, defenses would have their hands full. They’d have Gordon, Watkins, and Cameron.

  30. 1bigtex says: Feb 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    To those mentally challenged posters claiming that Watkins will be another DHB, realize that Watkins is an All American with over 3000 career yards and 27 TDs. DHB never even made all conference, had less than 2000 yards and less than half as many TDs. Bey was drafted seventh overall by Old Al solely because of his triangle numbers. He never was a standout WR in college. The same thing cannot be said of Sammy Watkins.

  31. garyhd01 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:28 PM

    rams will most likely trade down but maybe not too far and still get him we have about 5 holes and a trade down for extra picks would help but so would an elite #1. his 40 isn’t what sold me it was his 12 catches 229 yrds and 2 tds in the bowl game that took care of that im sold!!

  32. joewilliesshnoz says: Feb 23, 2014 3:35 PM

    I still like Evans, he’s the most Fitzgerald-like.

  33. realdealsteel says: Feb 23, 2014 3:40 PM

    In a draft not full of sure things, he is!

  34. deerhuntinfool71 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:50 PM

    Come on brownies! Get this guy! This would solidify our receiver core.then get a qb. With the high second rounder.

  35. skiss68 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    And he is only 20 years old.

  36. savojah says: Feb 23, 2014 5:23 PM

    Raiders better not get him. We need line help on both sides. Trade up to get Clowney, or draft Matthews. Skill positions shouldn’t be a priory. But knowing McKenzie and Co., they’ll make the wrong moves.

  37. Big Ant TV says: Feb 23, 2014 5:55 PM

    With the 4th pick in the 2014 nfl draft
    the cleveland browns select

  38. trefkennedy says: Feb 23, 2014 6:50 PM

    How tall is he?

  39. sandy102270 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:54 PM

    One thing that this article doesn’t say is that his vertical leap was subpar for a WR. That indicates he has tight hamstrings, which means he might be susceptible to muscle pulls and being slow in and out of his cuts.

    Something to think about before annointing him the 2nd coming of Calvin Johnson.

  40. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2014 7:21 PM

    Draft him Oakland! Pass on Clowney! Get Johnson and Bennett in free agency. Lord knows you have the $. Extend all your free agents.

  41. gojags436 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:25 PM

    I would love it if the Jags took this kid at #3, then got a QB in the 2nd Round or traded back up into the 1st Round to get the QB. Jags front office is playing the situation with Justin Blackmon just right – not planning on having him & it’s gravy if they do. Dave Caldwell has 10 picks in this draft, so he’s got the ammo to move back up into the 1st Round if he wants to.

  42. brownsclown says: Feb 23, 2014 7:46 PM

    Mike Dumturdi called Josh Gordon ‘a wasted pick’. If he thinks Watkins is ‘a reach’ for the top selection, and I am in Houston, I’d start negotiating a contract with him tomorrow!

  43. brownsmakemecrazy says: Feb 23, 2014 8:17 PM

    If hes available at 4 and the dumb Browns pass on him, ill be pissed. None of these overhyped QBs will have good careers. If hes there Browns better take him, but knowing those morons they will draft another bust.

  44. edavidberg says: Feb 23, 2014 8:37 PM

    Watkins vertical was 34″, most of the elite jump ball receivers are around 37″ so he’s not that far off. The guy stands out on tape was well as on the track I think he’s going to be an exciting player for a long time. Definitely deserving of a top 5 pick.

  45. ytownjoe says: Feb 23, 2014 9:15 PM

    With the 4th pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns pick . . .

  46. yuccaguy says: Feb 23, 2014 9:19 PM

    The ONLY way the Rams pass on this guy is if Clowney is available OR someone gives them a ridiculous offer to move up to #2. Then they still get the O-Line help that is required, and a decent WR (Lee) at the next slot.

  47. raiderapologist says: Feb 23, 2014 9:53 PM

    I’d like to see Oakland trade down from their pick, but if they stay put, this guy won’t piss me off.

  48. councilofargos says: Feb 24, 2014 1:25 AM

    Notice a lot of Browns fan. Look I would like to see Hoyer as your QB next year, he won 3 of your games last year. Taking Watkins, means no Bridgewater, no Manziel, both of them I see going in the first round easily. the QB I like the most in this year draft is AJ McCarrins. I would question his arm strength but if he puts together a solid workout he would be my guy. I am not a believer in QB first. Luck, RGIII, Wilson, and Foles were in the same draft class. Foles and Wilson are looking better than Luck and RGIII. But yeah this receiver is some type of freak. I cannot a see the top wide out on the Rams board slipping by them though. I cant see the Rams targeting this guy for the richard Sherman effect. The Evans wide receiver I think would match up better against Seattle.

  49. ronp2 says: Feb 24, 2014 3:30 PM

    I can’t scream this guy’s name enough when I’m asked who I think the Browns should take at 4. He could make the field open for receivers, running backs, and the QB, whomever it is.

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