One of the top options for the Cleveland Browns at the fourth overall draft pick this year is Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. A sizable portion of Browns fans are excited about the idea of drafting Watkins, as the idea of pairing him with star receiver Josh Gordon is certainly appealing. Watkins has very good speed (4.43 40 time at the Combine), and accelerates rapidly and smoothly. Very crisp footwork off the line, he has shown that he can regularly beat press coverage. His body control and coordination are outstanding, he has great hip control. Very good hands, he can make catches in stride, or come back and make quick movements to avoid initial contact. He’s a lethal catch and go receiver, much like Josh Gordon, and absolutely destroys defenses with his yards after the catch. He’s not afraid of contact, and does a good job of lowering his level and pads and powering into defenders. He’s taken reps out wide, in the slot as well as out of the backfield, he’s extremely versatile. His only real down side is his size and lack of bulk, at 6’1″ 211 lbs. He’s not well defined on his frame, and would need to spend time in the weight room.
That said, his highlight reel is nothing short of spectacular. See for yourself:
On Saturday at the NFL Combine, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins was asked about the possibility of the Cleveland Browns drafting him. His response is below. Skip to 1:28 for the payoff if you don’t want to listen to the rest.
So Browns fans, who do you favor the Browns drafting?
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