Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Sammy Watkins receives effusive praise from Ray Farmer

Clemson Tigers product Sammy Watkins is the top wide receiver prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, and that’s an impressive accomplishment given the amount of talent and depth at the position this year. Watkins separates himself from the rest of the pack by bringing the total package to the table, because he is a dynamic weapon who generates massive yards after the catch with his explosiveness and agility, he understands the finer points of the game (ran an NFL route-tree with ease at Clemson when called upon), he can win at any level of the field, he can line up in the slot or on the outside, he has very good hands, and he has the ability to compete for jump balls.

Watkins simply does everything well and has all the mental tools and physical tools to be a top-notch WR prospect. If he’s there for the Cleveland Browns with the fourth pick overall, then there’s a huge chance of them taking him and putting him opposite of superstar Josh Gordon. Watkins, Gordon, and Jordan Cameron would give the Browns next quarterback a trio of deadly weapons, but they could just as easily take their QB fourth overall before picking a wide receiver like Allen Robinson with the 26th pick, or they could even bookend Joe Thomas with Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews and kick Mitchell Schwartz.

The Browns could go in a number of different ways with the fourth pick overall in this year’s draft, especially since their views on how to fill their biggest position of need (QB) are completely up to speculation, especially since we don’t know what other teams will do at QB. But Watkins is an excellent prospect, and Browns GM Ray Farmer heaped some effusive praise onto his shoulders at today’s press conference.

He said of potentially adding Watkins, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, “It would be big, big, ginormous (to get him). He’s a good football player. He has really good hands, can run all the routes and can be productive. Saddle him on the opposite side of Josh Gordon — wow!”

Pretty awesome way to put it, don’t you think? But as with anything in this year’s draft, don’t take any report or comment from a decision-maker too seriously- just file it away as something interesting or, in this case, unsurprising.

Tags: Clemson Tigers Cleveland Browns Football NFL Draft Ray Farmer Sammy Watkins

  • Jarod Cook

    It’s hard to tell if this is more smoke screening, or if he’s the guy they want. Watkins has been linked to the Browns for a while now, and would make a great addition to the receiving core. But with such a deep class at WR, I think they wait and grab one at #26/#35.

    • Joe Soriano

      I’m inclined to agree with you, Jarod, and I love the first sentence of your comment. Every time we hear a report or a decision-maker talk about something, we ask ourselves, “Is this a smokescreen, or is it so obvious that it isn’t worth hiding?” I’ll ask another, “Are they mixing true and false leaks and statements in order to keep us on our toes and keep us guessing as to which one is true?”

      My belief is that the Browns would love to have Watkins, but they might choose to go elsewhere due to other prospects, needs, depth at positions etc. They probably genuinely love Watkins as a player, but there are more players out there and more things that go into the process.

      • Jarod Cook

        To answer your question I think they’re all true statements. The Browns are team of multiple needs, so who ever they choose is going to provide a impact on the team. If I had to guess I’d say Watkins is probably one of their top 3 targets. But with the draft 10 days away the rumors and smoke are only going to get thicker.

        • Joe Soriano

          The longer wait until draft day has had a huge hand in this madness, that’s for sure.

  • William Plaster

    If consistent with past history, the Browns’ management will pick a player(2) who will be a bust within months. Please guys, get this one right.