It’s tough to be a Wide Receiver. Lucky thing 2014 Draft prospect Sammy Watkins is one of the best in the business. The 20 year old native of Fort Meyers, Florida has chosen to forgo his senior year at Clemson University to enter the 2014 Draft, and is considered one of the most promising Wide Receivers currently in the lineup.
While at Clemson, Watkins was named a Freshman All-American, and an AP All-American, while only in his freshman year. In his sophomore year, Watkins proceeded lead his team with 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns. His records continued growing, until his junior year, where he was named MVP of the 2014 Rosebowl after setting a new Rosebowl record for 16 receptions in one game.
Clearly a talented athlete, Watkins was also a high school track star, competing at the state level in 100 meter, 200 meters, and 60 meters, placing 5th and 6th in the 100 and 200 meter events, respectably. His success with track is apparent on the field, where he excels in speed, flexibility, and foot work. One of his most impressive abilities is his talent at accelerating at massive speeds, and getting to exactly where he needs to be to get the ball, and get it moving.
Pros and Cons
The only real downsides to Watkins are one arrest for a drug related incident, slight inexperience, and perhaps he could stand to bulk up somewhat. But the good vastly outweighs the bad. Wide Receiver is an extremely important part of any team, with speed, endurance, and strategic thinking being vital parts of the package. Sammy Watkins is true athlete, with a consistent performance and a lot of potential to become one of the most talented Wide Receivers in the NFL. This top prospect is certainly destined to make being a Wide Receiver look easy.