2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Sammy Watkins
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top wide receiver prospects and we are focusing our attention on Clemson’s Sammy Watkins today.
Sammy Watkins and Clemson were a match made in heaven. With Dabo Swinney’s spread offense, Clemson got Watkins the ball early and often and a variety of bubble screens, reverses and simple vertical routes. Watkins responded to the plethora of opportunities with an impressive 240 catches for nearly 3,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in 3 seasons in Death Valley. With his ridiculous speed and play making ability Watkins is a truly dynamic prospect and will likely be the first wide receiver selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Explosive Athlete: Multiple gears of speed, ability to win at every level of the field, can gain separation on pure speed, exceptional acceleration and top speed, seemingly has a turbo button that other players don’t have, surprisingly physical and possesses enough size for a speedy receiver.
Dynamic Play Maker: Best player in the 2014 Draft with the ball in his hands, uses speed and acceleration to blow by defenders, makes decisive explosive cuts, can spilt defenses with his speed, sets up his blocks well, isn’t afraid of contact and able to run through certain tackles.
Complete Receiver: Good ball skills, can go up and over defenders, adjusts well to the ball in flight, great footwork and uses his speed and power to blow up press coverage.
Limited Role: Was only asked to run a limited route tree, a lot of his receptions were on bubble screens and played in a relatively simplistic spread offense.
Overall: Whether it was a bubble screen or a Go route, Watkins displayed the ability to simply overwhelm opposing defenses in college with his elite athleticism. While it wont be that easy in the NFL, Watkins has all of the raw tools a team could ask for. His combination of speed, power and explosiveness make him a nightmare for defenses and he is capable of hurting them in a number of ways. Entering the NFL he strikes me as a more refined version of Cordarrelle Patterson with the potential to become a Percy Harvin-esque player.
Prediction: Top 10 Pick
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