Sammy Watkins WR Clemson #2
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Comments: There’s no denying Watkins’ elite talent, but don’t be fooled by his college success. As dominant as he was at times, his game doesn’t translate perfectly to the NFL. In four games I charted, 57 percent of Watkins’ targets were at or behind the line of scrimmage. While he frequently turned these into gains of 10 or more yards, he won’t be running against the Ohio State or Maryland defenses next year. The bright side for Watkins is that he has the size and athleticism to develop his downfield ability. His route running is extremely raw, but he has all the tools necessary for a coach to mold him into a more well-rounded receiver. Don’t expect him to light it up as a rookie (expect something more along the lines of Cordarrelle Patterson type rookie season) but his long term potential is borderline elite. That said, there’s also a chance that he’s the next Peter Warrick. If he doesn’t put in the work necessary to improve, he’ll plateau as a middle of the road slot receiver.