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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200

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Bills selected Clemson WR Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The Bills traded up with the Browns, giving up the No. 9 pick in this draft, their 2015 first-rounder and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Watkins (6-foot 3/4, 211) needed only three seasons at Clemson to set school records in catches (240) and receiving yards (3,391), averaging 14.1 YPR with 30 all-purpose TDs. He was a first-team All-American as both a freshman and junior. Watkins ran 4.43 at the Combine with a 10-foot-6 broad jump, demonstrating otherworldly lower-body explosion. Almost a bigger C.J. Spiller in a wideout's body, Watkins combines dynamic open-field agility with deep threat tools and running back-like YAC skills. You could call him a cross between Pierre Garcon and Torrey Smith, combining both of their strengths. Watkins will be just 21 as a rookie, leaving plenty of room for NFL growth. Thu, May 8, 2014 08:39:00 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along that "the majority" feels Clemson WR Sammy Watkins will be Jacksonville's selection at No. 3.

Although he didn't explicitly state who the "majority" was referring to, we infer top NFL decision makers, as Pauline earlier alluded to speaking with "a number of GMs." Pauline notes that the Jaguars will also be tempted by Khalil Mack, if available, and we also know at least a part of their brain trust is highly intrigued by Johnny Manziel.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Detroit has "made it clear" to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins that they're "very serious" about trading up for him, reports's Ian Rapoport.

Of course, that doesn't mean they'll be able to consummate a move up the board into the top five, as the cost of such a transaction could be prohibitive. Still, Detroit's interest in adding a legitimate No. 2 complement to Calvin Johnson has been widely reported for some time, and the Lions will absolutely jump on an offer to move up for Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans if the price is right.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:28:00 PM

On 97.5 the fanatic, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports the Eagles are trying to move into the top 10 in hopes of landing Clemson WR Sammy Watkins or Texas A & M WR Mike Evans.

"How much are they willing to give up to go up there, and who is a possible dance partner? They would have to basically break the bank," Paolantonio said. "There is no question you would have to give up next year's No. 1 to do it. No. 22 this year, No. 1 next year, and maybe a third-round pick this year and next year (to get a deal done)." It would be a gutsy move and a king's ransom, if the Eagles brass plan to give up those kind of picks to move up. After releasing Desean Jackson, the Eagles passing attack has to replace 25 percent of last year's passing attack.
Tue, May 6, 2014 06:49:00 PM

The Lions and Bills have recently discussed trading into the top five picks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"As of now one exec said they want a bargain," Rapoport added. The Lions have previously been linked to Sammy Watkins, while the Bills have been associated with Eric Ebron and offensive linemen. The talent at the top of the draft could prevent teams from wanting to trade out of the first five picks.
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:24:00 AM

According to the MMQB's Peter King, a peer of Jaguars GM David Caldwell says a priority to is "play it safe" at No. 3 overall.

"Sammy Watkins or Jake Matthews … quite safe," King writes. We would throw Buffalo edge rusher Khalil Mack's name in the hat as well, but the most likely option is Sammy Watkins. The team is not relying on Justin Blackmon at all, and Watkins would be a great 1-2 punch with Cecil Shorts. Expect the Jags to target a quarterback on the second day.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:03:00 AM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is being told that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is no longer under consideration for the Rams' No. 2 pick.

"All indications are that a Sammy Watkins-Tavon Austin tandem will not materialize," beat writer Jim Thomas wrote. The scribe conceded that "some in the building" would prefer to select Watkins, but GM Les Snead and HC Jeff Fisher, having invested a first- and third-round pick last year in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, apparently have already vetoed the idea. Thomas believes the Rams will take an OT or trade down.
Sun, May 4, 2014 08:02:00 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins was voted the draft's No. 1 wide receiver by 17 NFL personnel men.

The only surprise, perhaps, is that Watkins wasn't a unanimous choice. Instead, the Tigers' stud garnered 15-of-17 first-place votes and a pair of second-places. Texas A&M's Mike Evans finished second with 59 points in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel voting system, followed closely by LSU's Odell Beckham with 55 points. Oregon State's Brandin Cooks came in fourth with 25 points, besting USC's Marqise Lee 22. This WR class is already drawing comparisons to the best of all-time, including the 1996 class of Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison, Marvin Harrison, Eric Moulds, Amani Toomer, Muhsin Muhammad, Bobby Engram, Terrell Owens and Joe Horn.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:53:00 PM

The Bills "seem to be enamored by" Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, according to WGR 550 Buffalo.

The Watkins-to-Buffalo connection is Tuesday's juicy draft rumor. In a mock draft published earlier today, ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that "three league sources in the past week" told him the Bills are trying to trade up from No. 9 slot to grab either Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, or Watkins. Buffalo will have to leap over Oakland at No. 5 to get Watkins. Robinson would probably require a trade for the No. 2 pick, while Clowney would necessitate a deal with Houston.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Scout Inc's Todd McShay reports in his latest mock draft, that he's recently "heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up."

"I've heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up. If they do make a move, it'll likely be to land Clowney, Robinson or Watkins," McShay wrote in his latest mock. It's interesting to note that Sammy Watkins himself tweeted out today "I truly think a team going to jump up n grab me who it may be i know." We all know that Watkins favorite team is the Buffalo Bills, could Watkins favorite team be ready to trade up for his services?
Source: WGR 550
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 06:33:00 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins worked out for a private group of Rams' evaluators on campus Friday.

St. Louis had already hosted Watkins for a pre-draft visit. The Rams, it might be worth noting, traveled to West Virginia to scout Tavon Austin last year and sent scouts to Appalachian State for a look at Brian Quick a few springs ago. The Rams own the No. 2 pick, though Rams' GM Les Snead is open for business.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 07:46:00 PM's Charley Casserly gave A.J. Green a higher draft grade than Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

"This is a tough one because they're top players," Casserly said. "I like Watkins as far as his separation ability, his abilty to run after the catch, I think he's outstanding in both of them and probably has a little bit of an edge over Green. But I'm going to go for Green, not because of what he's done, but what I thought he was going to do. Green, to me, was the best player in that draft. ... Green's edge is in size and more consistency in catching the football, even though Watkins has good hands." Watkins is ticketed for the top 5, same as the Georgia product Green.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 05:29:00 PM

The Lions "loom as candidates" to move up from No. 10 into the top five, reports'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.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 02:09:00 AM

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.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 06:49:00 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.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:32:00 AM