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Sammy Watkins scouting report

Mike Ehrmann

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson


6'1", 211 lbs

40-yard dash: 4.43


2013: 12 TD, 1,464 YDS, 101 REC, 14.5 AVG

2012: 3 TD, 708 YDS, 57 REC, 12.4 AVG (Watkins only played in 10 games due to injury and a two game suspension)

2011: 12 TD, 1219 YDS, 82 REC, 14.9 AVG


2013: First-Team All-American, First-Team All-ACC, Biletnikoff Award Finalist

2012: First-Team All-American, Honorable Mention All-ACC

2011: First-Team All-American, First-Team All-ACC, National Freshman of the Year, National Offensive Freshman of the Year, became just the fourth first-year freshman in NCAA history to earn AP First-Team All-America honors, joining Herschel Walker (1980) of Georgia, Marshall Faulk (1991) of San Diego State, and Adrian Peterson (2004) of Oklahoma, First-Team All-American Kickoff Returner, ACC Freshman of the Year, Walter Camp Award Semifinalist, Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist


Every couple of years, a wide receiver emerges that is an elite caliber player. In the last eight years, there have been four of those talents: Calvin JohnsonA.J. GreenJulio Jones and Sammy Watkins. It is no coincidence that Johnson, Green and Jones are three of the top receivers in the NFL. Watkins has the talent to follow in their footsteps.

The most important trait a wide receiver must have is the ability to catch the football. A wide receiver could have all the talent in the world but if they can't catch, the talent does not matter (Darrius Heyward-Bey). Watkins is a talented receiver, but he can catch. He has large hands (9 5/8") that he uses to pluck balls out of the air and does nice job of looking the ball into his hands before turning up-field.

After the catch, Sammy Watkins is unstoppable. He is fast (4.43 40-yard dash) but also quick. Watkins has excellent vision and will slow down to let blockers get in position before speeding up. He has good depth in his routes with quick footwork in/out of his breaks.

The biggest concern scouts have with Sammy Watkins is his size. He only has average height along with a lean frame that lacks muscle definition. Watkins also has minor character concerns as he was arrested in May 2012 facing drug-related charges.

Watkins is the number two overall player on Daniel Jeremiah's big board.

For more Sammy Watkins game film, visit his player profile on