Nov 23, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) carries the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Citadel Bulldogs at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson


When it comes to wide receivers in this year’s draft class, Sammy Watkins is the cream of the crop.  He is one of the most dynamic wide receivers coming out of college this year and is also more than adequate at returning kickoffs.  It is because of his notoriety and ability that he decided to forgo his senior year at Clemson and enter the NFL draft.

Watkins was explosive from the moment he stepped on the football field his freshman year of college.  He is considered to be more dynamic than his former teammate and now Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.  Watkins just knows the game of football.  He is a natural player who will be able to step in and help any team with a need at wide receiver.

Here are his statistics over three years at Clemson:

  • Oct 5, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) warms up prior to the game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

    36 games played

  • 240 receptions
  • 3391 receiving yards
  • 27 receiving touchdowns
  • 52 rushes
  • 339 rushing yards
  • 1 rushing touchdown
  • 60 kick returns
  • 1379 return yards
  • 1 return touchdown

Strengths

  • Can line up anywhere on the field
  • Adjusts to the ball well
  • Good hand size
  • Can return kicks
  • Great body control
  • Good route running

Weaknesses

  • Character issues – drug charges
  • Lacks a strong build
  • Not very physically aggressive

Fit For The Vikings

The Vikings are losing former starter Jerome Simpson to free agency, but still have Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson to start for the team.

My Take

Watkins is a unique talent, but the Vikings should instead try to address bigger needs in the draft.  The Vikings should pass on Watkins at the #8 spot if he is still on the board.

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  • jojo

    If Sammy Watkins is on the board, take him. I love the idea of drafting the best player available. It worked with AP..worked with Randy Moss and if he is as good as what I’m reading then, I feel, we should take him. Pairing him up with flashy84 and Jennings would be crazy good weapons for Cassel (who I think we’ll resign). Plus, AP is aging and we need to transform from run first team to pass first to take pressure off him. I think we could sign Alterraun at CB, then draft QB (Jimmy Garoppolo) in the 2nd and then hit defense in round 3. We won’t fix our defense by not drafting a LB or DT in round one but we lost 5 games in the final 51 secs but I think if we had Zimmer as a HC last year we would win those games.
    Or we could go QB in rd 3 and DT in round 2. Lots of options for us. It’s exciting to think about what could be if Watkins fell to us. We could trade that pick with a team like the Jets or the Ravens who could pay up big time for a chance at the best WR in the Draft.