Clemson Tigers WR Sammy Watkins is considered to be the top receiver in what is considered to be one of the fastest and deepest receiver draft class of recent memory. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Watkins zoomed through the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
There’s no telling where Watkins will end up being drafted on May 8, but there are a laundry list of suitors who are salivating for the chance to have him on their team. Not only does Watkins posses elite speed, but he also has a big frame and really strong hands. He will need to develop his route running skills a little bit when he enters the league, but for someone who is being compared to Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, the future looks bright for the young receiver.
In the 2014 fantasy football season, Watkins will have an immediate impact no matter what team he gets drafted to in May. His play at Clemson showed that he has the ability to use his speed to turn bubble screens into long touchdowns and use his body to work vertically and stretch the field. He will translate fairly well into the NFL. There is even a strong possibility he will break 1,000 yards in his rookie season, regardless of team or quarterback situation.
In standard leagues, Watkins can be viewed as a WR-2 and fantasy owners should consider drafting the big receiver in the 3rd to 4th round. It would be surprising if he would last much longer than that. In keeper/dynasty leagues, Watkins should be coveted by every fantasy owner. His intangibles and his game lead many people to believe that he will have a long and illustrious career in the NFL, so he will have maximum value in a keeper/dynasty league.