Sammy Watkins caught 27 touchdowns in three years at Clemson. (Dannie Walls / Icon SMI)
Sammy Watkins is unquestionably the top wide receiver in the 2014 NFL draft class, and many consider him to be the best receiver to enter the draft in recent years. Watkins has uncanny playmaking ability and should be selected within the first few picks of May's draft. And he's not shy about how great he believes he can be.
Watkins said during an interview with 95.7 The Game that he has “some freakish talents and ability to make plays,” but he also describes himself as a quick learner that will dive into a playbook and prepare to help a team from Day 1.
“I’m able to transition myself and work through tough conditions,” Watkins said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com.
“I understand football and the preparation, so for me, it’s getting in with the team I’m with and learn that playbook. That’s all I need to do is really learn that playbook, and after that, just adjusting to the speed of the game and how cornerbacks play in the NFL. That would be the next step. I think after the first few games I’ll be definitely fine.”
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Wide receivers have had a history of slow transitions to the professional level, but Watkins is a rare talent that should make an immediate impact.
If he can dive into his preparation like he plans to after he is drafted, Watkins could be a star player and Rookie of the Year favorite as soon as he enters his first NFL camp.