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03/17/14 - Clemson's Sammy Watkins wows reps from 31 NFL teams on Pro Day...Detroit sent a good chunk of its front office. General manager Martin Mayhew, who stated wide receiver help for Matthew Stafford opposite All-Pro Calvin Johnson was a priority, was spotted. New York Jets general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan -- whose son Seth is a walk-on at Clemson -- were early arrivals. Delegates from the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders were also in attendance as were Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith -- working for ESPN -- and former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills.
Watkins is the No. 1 wide receiver in NFLDraftScout.com's rankings. The last wide receiver drafted first overall was Keyshawn Johnson (Jets), who was also at Clemson's workout Thursday. Wide receivers are considered difficult projections by most scouts, and while the fouls and corkscrew swinging misses stand out when reviewing first-round receivers -- Mike Williams, Reggie Williams, David Terrell, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Ted Ginn were top-10 picks -- the more recent trend is more positive. Johnson, Julio Jones of the Falcons, A.J. Green of the Bengals and Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) were drafted in the top 10 and have Pro Bowl resumes. Fitzgerald stood and saluted Watkins' world-beater performance against Ohio State in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl: 16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. On his 31-yard third quarter touchdown reception, Fitzgerald said in realtime via Twitter: "Sammy Watkins = Snag!" - The Sports Xchange
03/17/14 - Clemson's Sammy Watkins wows reps from 31 NFL teams on Pro Day...Wide receiver Sammy Watkins wowed rows of scouts and left legions of fans looking in via mobile streaming on ESPN pining for the potential top five draft pick. Watkins did not run the 40-yard dash, choosing to let his 4.43 at the NFL Scouting Combine last month stand, but he displayed big, soft and powerful hands, explosive speed into and out of breaks and the ability to go get the ball at its highest point as a receiver for quarterback Tajh Boyd.
At least 31 teams were accounted for at the workout, which featured Watkins, wide receiver Martavis Bryant, Roderick McDowell and Boyd. The St. Louis Rams, who own the Nos. 2 and 13 overall picks and could draft Watkins as a No. 1 receiver after average results from 2013 top-10 pick Tavon Austin, were well represented, including general manager Les Snead. The Rams haven't been to the playoffs since 2004 with first-round wide receiver Torry Holt and second-rounder Isaac Bruce. But St. Louis is in need of playmakers despite drafting receivers Austin (8th overall, 2013), Brian Quick (33rd, 2012), Chris Givens (96, 2012), Austin Pettis (78, 2011) and Mardy Gilyard (99, 2010) in the top 100 in recent years. - The Sports Xchange
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