Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills NFL Draft Player Profile: Sammy Watkins

There has been a lot of talk about the Buffalo Bills taking Sammy Watkins at the 9th overall pick.  Buffalo does need a wide reciever to step in and take the number 1 role and be able to make those game deciding catches.

Sammy Watkins is a WR out of Clemson.  Watkins is 6’1″ and weighs 211 #s.  Watkins is ranked first at his position and is projected at 6th overall.  CBS mock draft analysts are projecting Watkins to go to two teams, either to the Raiders at the 5th overall pick or to the Buccaneers at the 7th overall pick.

Watkins ran a 4.43 40 and was able to push out 16 reps on he bench press.  He has a vertical of 34.00 and a broad jump of 10’5″.  His cone and shuffle drills come in at 6.95 and 4.34 respectively.

Strengths for Watkins include being able to get up to full speed quickly.  He is able to change gears when needed and he has great footwork.

Weaknesses for Watkins include his not so stellar height and his body is not as big a some would like.  He has overall good speed but his lack of size will not lead to many tackles being broken.  He is definitely not a Megatron type receiver.

CBS compares Watkins too…

“COMPARES TO: Mix of Torrey Smith (Ravens) and Percy Harvin (Seahawks) – Watkins has the size and vertical ability of Smith and the acceleration, toughness and multiple gears like Harvin.”

Would I like to see Watkins in a Bills uniform? I think that Watkins will bring a lot to the Bills.  I also believe that WRs are a dime a dozen and you could find one with a bit more size and maybe speed in a 2nd or 3rd round and still come out on top.  I know the Bills are looking for a number 1 receiver I just don’t know if Watkins is it.  Will I be disappointed if they do draft Watkins, Absolutely not! I just think they can look at other pressing needs with the 9th overall pick.

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