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


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.