Cleveland Browns Draft: Player Profile: Sammy Watkins


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.

The Stats:

YEAR TEAM REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2013 101 1464 14.5 96 12
2012 57 708 12.4 61 3
2011 82 1219 14.9 65 12

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?

Shawn is the Editor-In-Chief and Lead Writer for Dawg Pound Nation.  He’s also an Army Sergeant, married to the beautiful and brilliant @MrsStarr, dad to three and aspiring Browns Writer.  You can follow him on Twitter @ShawnMStarr or @DawgPoundNews, as well as on the Dawg Pound Nation Facebook Page.

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4 thoughts on “Cleveland Browns Draft: Player Profile: Sammy Watkins

  1. I hope we end up with Watkins and Hyde. I feel they are just what we need to get us to the super bowl. I’m just afraid they will both be gone by the time its our turn to pick. If they both are still on the board I hope Farmer doesn’t make the mistake of by passing them. Do you see that happening?

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  2. Im not sold on any of the top 3 qbs just yet. Although im sure on the right team they would flourish imo. With that said I think watkons should whole heartedly be our pick at #4. Pairing him with Gordon will stretch the field and allow more plays for Cameron or a slot reciever to develop. Also, JG is only one boo boo away from a year long suspension and that would leave us with nothing. I would rather the Browns have Watkins as a number 2 and transition into a number 1 if need be than sit here and say we have no one now. This draft is deep and we can fix a few holes this year. Risking it on a qb no one is sure of isnt the way to go. Fill the skill position

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  3. At this point I am so confused by the top 3 QBs that taking Watkins seems like an intriguing idea… the only problem is the depth at WR. It does not seem like a logical move that Farmer would make since a lot of quality WR talent will be available at 26.

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