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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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The Lions "loom as candidates" to move up from No. 10 into the top five, reports NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Detroit has made no secret about its attraction to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, and there's no chance they'll get him at No. 10. St. Louis (2) or Jacksonville (3) might be amenable to moving down. Jadeveon Clowney was in Detroit for a visit on Wednesday, but the Lions would probably need to swap for Houston's No. 1 pick to guarantee his services, which doesn't seem likely. Apr 18 - 2:09 AM
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The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that there's a "growing sense in league circles" that the Lions could trade up for Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.

The Lions seem to have made finding Calvin Johnson a worthy No. 2 complement a draft priority, and there is a whole lot of smoke surrounding their willingness to go and get the best of the 2014 class right now. If Detroit remains at No. 10, they will probably miss out on both Watkins and Texas A&M WR Mike Evans. The Lions may be sitting across the poker table from Rams' GM Les Snead, owner of the No. 2 pick and willing to swap, as we speak.
Apr 10 - 6:49 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins will visit the Rams on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He will also have a private workout with the team on April 18. Watkins is visiting the Jaguars on Wednesday, which is a very viable landing spot for his talents. Buzz has also started to build that the Lions could want to trade up for Watkins' services. It is not unanimous, but Sammy is the top receiver in this class.
Apr 9 - 10:32 AM

The Lions "have put a lot of time into" scouting Clemson WR Sammy Watkins this spring and are "trying to figure if it's right for them to move up and get him," reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Watkins met with both Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate during a pre-draft visit on Tuesday. General manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Caldwell had dinner with the Tigers' stud the night before his pro day. If Detroit wants to make a move, they'll have at least one chance, as Houston won't take Watkins at No. 1 and St. Louis has made it known that the No. 2 pick is available. The price will be large, but it doesn't figure to be nearly as prohibitive as it was when the Rams ransomed three first-round picks and more out of Washington in the RGIII deal. Detroit doesn't yet have a private workout scheduled with Watkins.
Apr 8 - 5:52 PM

Monday Morning Quarterback's Greg A. Bedard believes Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is the only player in the draft that would immediately start for St. Louis at his regular position.

"The Rams have rebuilt their roster, which won 15 games in the five seasons before Fisher and Snead arrived, to the point where no player save Watkins might play right away at his targeted position," Bedard wrote. "St. Louis has a star end in Robert Quinn, and a very good one in Chris Long, which would put [Jadeveon] Clowney or [Khalil] Mack in a reserve role, at least initially. The Rams have Jake Long, Joe Barksdale and Rodger Safford as capable offensive tackles, meaning [Greg] Robinson or [Jake] Matthews would likely play elsewhere along the line as rookies." Owners of the Nos. 2 and 13 picks, St. Louis has plenty of options.
Apr 7 - 7:46 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins said he has "some freakish talents" and an "ability to make plays."

Amen, Mr. Watkins. "I can jump, run catch, make somebody miss. That's my game," Watkins said, adding: "I understand football and the preparation, so for me, it's getting in with the team I'm with and learn that playbook. ... I think after the first few games, I'll be definitely fine." The No. 2 overall player on NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's big board, Watkins (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) is a top 10 lock. He could go as high as No. 2.
Apr 3 - 7:26 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said on the "First Draft" podcast that some evaluators believe Clemson WR Sammy Watkins "is a better prospect coming out than A.J. Green was."

Kiper dropped that little tidbit when discussing potential scenarios for the Rams, who own the Nos. 2 and 13 picks in the first round of May's draft. The analyst believes Watkins is worthy of the second selection if St. Louis decides to go in that direction, and suggests Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as a target at 13 if the Rams tab Watkins first. Kiper asserts that the Rams "don't need to force" an OT selection. Colleague Todd McShay, for the record, disagrees, and believes St. Louis should tab offensive line help early.
Apr 2 - 7:58 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is "an extremely explosive athlete."

Cleveland is not locked into taking a QB at No. 4, meaning Watkins, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo's Khalil Mack are all options. Of Watkins, Pettine said: "(He's a) playmaker. He plays the wide receiver position violently, which is something you don't often see. To me what jumps off the tape is his passion. He loves football. We interviewed him in Indianapolis and you can tell he absolutely loves the game. He's a guy that I think you want to find a variety of ways to get the ball in his hands because he's special." Watkins and Josh Gordon could potentially form one of the NFL's best young receiving duos for a QB taken with Cleveland's second first-round pick at No. 26. The club reportedly likes Fresno State's Derek Carr.
Mar 29 - 4:45 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah suggests that the 49ers, who own six picks in the first three rounds, could look to move up and snag a "difference maker" such as Clemson WR Sammy Watkins

"If they have a player they want to target, they could go up and get a real difference maker," Jeremiah said. "Maybe a player like Sammy Watkins starts to slide closer to that 10th overall pick. If you're [general manager] Trent Baalke, maybe you say, 'Let's go all in and grab a difference maker.'" Chimed in colleague Brian Baldinger: "If there is a once every five years type of player, like Sammy Watkins, you'd be crazy not to do it." San Francisco's war chest includes one pick in Round 1, two in Round 2 and three in Round 3.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 4:01 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew believes Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is an outstanding player.

"Obviously, he's got the speed, he's got the quickness, he's got the playmaking ability," Mayhew said. "Another guy you can just get the ball in his hands and he can make something happen." The general manager, along with new head coach Jim Caldwell, had dinner with Watkins and his family when visiting the prospect in South Carolina. It would be somewhat of a surprise to see Watkins make it to pick No. 10.
Source: MLive
Mar 26 - 2:21 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay called the 2014 WR class the "deepest position in what we're calling one of the deepest drafts ever."

McShay made the point to stress his opinion that teams have zero incentive to reach for a wide out in Round 1 because of the sheer number of quality WRs that are assured of being available in the middle rounds. One is advised to keep this thought in mind when projecting the draft slots of Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M's Mike Evans, and the rest of the projected first-round WRs.
Mar 22 - 3:30 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins compared his game to Torrey Smith.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has made the same comparison for some time, but adding that Watkins has some ball carrying skills similar to Cordarrelle Patterson. Smith is a different player now than he was coming out of Maryland, but his best trait is still stretching the field vertically. Watkins has the skills to do this and flashed it at Clemson, despite screens accounting for more than 55 percent of his catches in 2013.
Mar 18 - 12:19 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis doesn't believe Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is "far and away the draft's best wide receiver."

In a deep WR class, Watkins is the only prospect that has garnered top-5 consideration from experts. Until recently, in fact, Watkins was the only WR considered a top-10 probability. "Watkins is a great prospect and deserves the praise he has received, but I still think USC WR Marqise Lee isn't getting enough credit," wrote Davis. "Also, Texas A&M WR Mike Evans is being discussed as a top-10 pick now, and we weren't hearing that prior to the combine, where he impressed with his 40-yard dash. We might look back and say this year's class of receivers was even better than we once thought -- and we thought it was great."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock calls Clemson WR Sammy Watkins one of the best wide receivers he has seen on tape in the last decade.

This is a truly impressive statement when you consider the WRs Mayock has scouted over the past 10 years, a list that includes A.J. Green (Georgia/Bengals), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech/Lions), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State/Cowboys), Roddy White (UAB/Falcons), Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh/Cardinals), Julio Jones (Alabama/Falcons), Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech/49ers) and DeSean Jackson (Cal/Eagles). Watkins is a top-10 lock, and some (including NFL.com's Gil Brandt) insist there is no chance he's falling below Oakland at No. 5.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 9:50 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Clemson WR Sammy Watkins solidified his position as a top five selection after his recent Pro Day.

"Kept all of his combine numbers and had an excellent workout. He’s an excellent route runner and has hands like a vacuum cleaner — he caught everything. Watkins solidified his position as a top-five player," Brandt wrote. Depending on which way the top of the board goes on draft day, Watkins could be the type of talent that teams could move up for, if he happens to slip out of the top 5. The Lions who currently sit at No.10, have been rumored to have a ton of interest in Watkins.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 7:50 PM