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02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 6. *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, 6-1, 205, 4.47, 1...Not only has elite, explosive speed but deceives and dupes defenders with ability to shift gears and direction faster than a NASCAR driver faced with an 11-car pileup. That makes him dangerous after the catch and as a returner. Closed his Clemson career 16 catches, 227 yards, two scores in Orange Bowl. Must hold up to physical defenders at next level. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/10/14 - Record-setting receiver Sammy Watkins knew before the season began it would likely be his last at Clemson. Watkins announced earlier this week he'd given up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He stopped back on campus for this weekend's football banquet before heading off to train in Tampa, Fla., for his expected invite to the NFL combine. Watkins said Friday he talked with his coaches before the year started about returning to his freshman numbers that put him on the AP All-America team. Watkins did even better with 101 catches for 1,464 yards this season, both Clemson single-season records. Watkins didn't totally block out talk of his high draft status and worked to finish college ball with a flourish. "I think that's how I approached the season and that's how the coaches approached me this year," Watkins said. "They were going to get the best out of me and they were going to get the ball to me all year and I've got to be a complete player." "I think I managed that well this year," Watkins continued.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior has been considered by several analysts the top receiver in next May's draft. There were a few times, Watkins said with a grin, where he'd joke with coach Dabo Swinney or receiver coach Jeff Scott about coming back. In the end, Watkins was ready to reach the goal he'd worked toward since playing youth football in Fort Myers, Fla. "The dream is here now," Watkins said. His favorite accomplishment? Being the only receiver in the country this year and first in Clemson history with two touchdowns of more than 90 yards in his 91-yard grab against Syracuse and a 96-yard catch against Virginia. - AP Sports
01/06/14 - Watkins to Turn Professional...The 16 receptions and 227 receiving yards established a Clemson single game record and an Orange Bowl record. The 16 receptions also tied an ACC standard for any game and established a record for a BCS Bowl game. The 227 yards were the second most receiving yards in any BCS Bowl game. Watkins finished the 2013 season with 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke Clemson records for receptions in a season (Aaron Kelly 88 in 2007) and receiving yards (DeAndre Hopkins 1,405 in 2012). The native of Fort Myers, FL was a first-team All-American this year by the American Football Coaches Association and was a finalist for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award.
Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. The reception total and yardage total are Clemson records and the touchdown total tied former teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who is now with the Houston Texans of the NFL. He finishes his career ranked second in ACC history in career receptions and third in reception yardage. He is tied for eighth in touchdown receptions and tied for second in 100-yard receiving games with 15. He finished his career with 5,129 all-purpose yards, second in Clemson history to C.J. Spiller's 7,588 and ninth in ACC history. - Clemson football
01/06/14 - Watkins to Turn Professional...Clemson junior Sammy Watkins announced Monday that he will make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft. Watkins leaves Clemson as a three-time first-team All-American and the school's record holder in terms of receptions and reception yards on a game, season and career basis. Even though he played just three years, he set 23 Clemson records. "I am very thankful for the past three years at Clemson University that have enabled me to grow academically, athletically, and spiritually," said Watkins. "After much prayerful consideration, I have decided to take the next step in pursuing my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.
"I would not have this opportunity without the support and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates, and the best fans in college football. No matter where my next steps may lead, I will always take pride in the PAW and will forever be a part of the Clemson family." Watkins finished his Clemson career in grand style as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Discover Orange Bowl. He had 16 receptions for 227 yards and two scores in Clemson's 40-35 win over sixth-ranked Ohio State. - Clemson football
01/05/14 - Clemson WR Watkins to enter draft...Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins will enter this year's NFL draft, according to multiple media reports. Watkins, a junior, had 101 catches for 1,464 yards with 12 touchdowns this season. He made 16 receptions for 227 yards with two touchdowns Friday in Clemson's 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. Watkins was honored as the game's MVP. Afterward, he said his performance helped "finish off my legacy here." NFLDraftScout.com ranks Watkins as the No. 2 wide receiver and 20th overall prospect. - The Sports Xchange