Sammy Watkins (left) might want to set his sights higher than Torrey Smith
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There is little doubt that Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the top prospect at his position and one of the top overall prospects in the 2014 NFL draft class, with many draft analysts saying he is one of the best receiver prospects since Calvin Johnson back in 2009.
While there is plenty of high praise for Watkins, he is not comparing himself to the elite NFL receivers just yet.
Instead, Watkins is comparing his game to current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, a second-round pick in 2011.
Watkins does have the same ability to stretch the field and be a home run threat for an offense, but he also has a more well-rounded game than Smith did coming out of Maryland and he is better with the ball in his hands. Smith had a career-high 65 catches for 1,128 yards last season, a yardage total that ranked 17th among NFL wideouts.
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So while the comparison of Watkins and Smith may not be 100 percent accurate, you can see what the former Clemson standout is getting at. He wants to be a player that opposing defenses will need to focus on stopping and a guy that will be a threat to score on every down.
It will be interesting to see where Watkins lands in the 2014 draft. Judging by early projections, it'll likely be somewhere in the top-eight picks.