Sammy Watkins was considered the most dynamic offensive player in the 2014 NFL Draft and frankly he’d better be considering it cost the Buffalo Bills a first round and a fourth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to take him. He can seemingly do everything well at the wide receiver position and while he stands only at 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, Watkins still has strength to punish smaller defensive backs after he catches the ball. At the combine, he ran a 4.39 second 40 yard dash time which is exceptional for a player with his frame. While we’re on this topic, his top speed is 20.45 miles per hour, he can hit it and maintain it in just 2.6 seconds which is better than any player since 2012 coming out of college.
In the week leading up to this year’s Orange Bowl, Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris said “You can hear the ball literately being plucked out of the air by Sammy Watkins”. Watkins would finish the game with 16 receptions for 227 yards which both are Orange Bowl records. Now that he is at the pro level, there is no reason why he should struggle as the Bills have solid depth at the wide receiver position, not to mention they have other weapons like star running back C.J. Spiller.
In 2014, Sammy Watkins will likely get blanket coverage from opposing teams’ secondaries; however that would present a massive problem as other wide receivers like Mike Williams, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin will draw at best single coverage thus creating mismatches. A bold prediction for what one can expect out of Sammy Watkins is that despite how wide receivers are mostly slow starters in their careers, he will win the offensive rookie of the year with amassing 80 catches for 1250 yards and 12 touchdown receptions.
All and all, the Buffalo Bills have something special with Sammy Watkins and they know this, but how do you think he will perform in 2014? Leave a comment below!