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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