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WR Sammy Watkins – Scouting Report

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Official Highlights | Clemson WR Sammy Watkins

Name:  Sammy Watkins

School / Player Number:  Clemson, #2

Position:  WR

Ht:  6’1

Wt:  211lbs

Position Rank:  1

Overall Rank:  2

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Impact Player

High School Career 

High School – South Fort Myers High School, Fort Myers, FL

Senior Season – Caught 54 passes for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns; Also returned two kickoffs, two punts and three interceptions for touchdowns. 

Junior Season – Totaled 46 receptions for 1,192 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Sophomore Season – Recorded 33 aerials for 537 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Accomplishments – Led his team to the AAA state semifinals as a senior.  Named 1st-team All-State as a junior and senior.  Player of the Year by Naples Daily News his senior season.  Won the AA  200m state title and finished second in the 100m, as a senior.  Finished 5th and 6th as a junior.

Rankings – #1 ranked WR, #9 overall and 5 star prospect by 247sports; #3 ranked WR, #15 player and 5 star prospect by Rivals; #4 ranked WR, #39 player and 4 star prospect by ESPN; #5 ranked WR, #41 player and 5 star prospect by Scout.

Notable Scholarship Offers – Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, Miami (Fl), USC, Tennessee, LSU

Comments – Watkins was a highly decorated prep star in demand by the just about every major college football program in the country.  There was little to no doubt about his ability to excel at the collegiate level both as a receiver and a return specialist.  Ultimately Clemson was his choice in the end. 

Collegiate Career

2011 – Named Offensive Freshman-of-the-Year by numerous national services after earning1st-team All-American honors.  Was also honored with ACC Rookie of the Year, Walter Camp semi-finalist, Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist and CFPA National Freshman Performer-of-the-Year Trophy Watch List.  Named to the 1st-team ACC team after totaling 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdown while also gaining another 231 yards on 32 carries.  Watkins also returned kicks and finished with 2,288 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns for the season.

2012 – Encountered some off the field issues and saw a slight decline in his performance after serving a two-game suspension.  Totaled 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 97 yards on 14 carries and one additional score.  Started seven games while appearing in a total of 10 on the season.  This was considered a disappointing season by Watkins standards however for most others it would have been outstanding.

2013 – 1st-team All-ACC, 2nd –team All-American.  Orange Bowl MVP after totaling 16 receptions for 227 yards.  Recorded 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns while also returning 14 kickoff’s for 293 yards.  Totaled 1,768 all-purpose in 2013 resulting in Watkins being named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

Comments – One of the most dynamic playmakers in college the past three seasons helping lead Clemson to a BCS Bowl victory over Ohio State in his final game.  Individually there was nothing left for Watkins to prove at the collegiate level and he elected to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Has very good size with nice bulk for position; Thick body with big, strong hands; Has good, not great speed; Has better playing speed than timed speed, which is outstanding at 4.4.
Hands: Outstanding hands; Plucks ball out of air with ease; Rarely drops a pass; Big, soft, powerful hands.
Release: Has ability to overpower smaller DBs and also has quick feet; Is able to get off line due to hand usage and quickness; Difficult to jam at line of scrimmage.
Route Running: Runs very good, precise routes & has good feel for open areas; Does a good job of utilizing multiple moves to turn defender away/around; Gives full effort/hustle on every play; Very good at getting in and out of his breaks; Excellent short area quickness.
Adjust to Ball: Has excellent body control and tremendous focus and concentration; Adjusts to poorly thrown ball well and does a terrific job of shielding defender from ball; Big frame; Has outstanding leaping ability to go with his height and long arms; Catches ball at highest point.
Run after Catch: Very dangerous and elusive runner; Excels at making people miss in open field; Has enough physicality & strength to lower shoulder & get extra yards; Intelligent runner; Has tremendous playing speed, long strider and once he is in stride will outrun many defenders; Will run thru DBs arm tackles.
Vertical Threat: Has elite speed enabling him to get beyond defense; Has the body control, toughness and concentration to make plays consistently down field; Provides QB with a nice target; Does outstanding job of tracking ball over his shoulder.
Separation: Is able to get separation due to his explosiveness out of his breaks/cuts; Has great feet and good lower body explosion; Has very good feel for defense and knows how to create separation with his body.
Playing Strength: Very strong receiver that loves the physical part of the game; Has very good playing strength; Has the size and strength to dominate smaller DBs.
Blocking: Does an adequate job and will not hesitate to lay defender out with a big block if he has opportunity; Uses long arms for position and playing strength to shield his man from play but does not consistently sustain his blocks downfield; Technique needs work but effort is always there.
Toughness: One of the toughest receivers in the country; Physical, will not hesitate to run over defender if he needs to; Excels at catching ball in a crowd and going over the middle.
Durability: Has proven to be very durable and there are no concerns in this area.
2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

4.43

9 5/8’’

34’’

10’6

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

4.34

32’’’

16

6.95

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP


Summary

What can you say regarding Sammy Watkins that has not already been said and after reviewing him on tape he is as good as advertised.  Upon his arrival at Clemson he took their program to another level.  The definitive playmaker.  His size, physicality, hands, route running and game breaking ability are everything you would want in a receiver.  He is very explosive and a natural football player.  Seems to be in his comfort zone on the field and when the ball in his hands.  Watkins performed like a man against boys in college.  He is a playmaker, bottom line.  His speed, elusiveness and big play ability are very appealing when projecting him to the next level.  Watkins is one of the most dangerous and exciting players in this draft.  He has a terrific combination of size and speed that make him an almost ideal NFL receiver.  If you hit this kid with the ball in stride, look out!  He will take it the distance in a flash. Watkins also brings the added versatility of being able to return punts and kicks this only increases his draft value.  He did encounter some off the field problems prior to his sophomore season, which will need to be looked at but he is very highly regarded within the Clemson program and many feel he matured a great deal the last two years.  His ability to put points on the board any time he touches the pigskin will get him selected early on draft day.  He is one of the most exciting players available in this draft and possesses the ability to make an impact immediately upon his arrival in the NFL.  He should be among the first five picks in round one and may be the best receiving prospect to enter the NFL Draft since Calvin Johnson in 2007.