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


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.