NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
|03.03.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 205 pounds
Achievements: Three-time first-team All-American, two-time first-team All-ACC selection (media), finalist for 2013 Biletnikoff Award
What he brings: After taking a step back in his sophomore year, Watkins excelled in his third season at Clemson and became one of the best wide receivers in the nation. In just three years he broke the school record for receptions and receiving yards, and he is tied for first in receiving touchdowns. While scouts have pointed out his average height as a weakness, they have pointed out his above average ball-handling skills as one of his many positives.
Where the Patriots could get him: Watkins is likely a top-10 pick, so the Patriots would have to trade up to get him.
Notes: In 12 starts and 13 total games this season, Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. in the final game of his Clemson career, Watkins had 16 catches for 227 yards in an Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State. ESPN projects that he will be the first wide receiver chosen in the draft. … Watkins was arrested last May on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Watkins admitting making a mistake, saying in a statement: “I am truly sorry for my actions. I let the team down, the coaches down and this university down. I will learn from this.”
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Video: Here is a highlight reel of Watkins’ 2013 season.