The Cleveland Browns have big decisions to make in this year’s NFL Draft. The Browns are notorious for their first-round blunders, so it’s pivotal that they end up taking a player who will be a difference-maker from the start. One player who is thought to make an impact immediately is Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
Simply put, Watkins is playmaker. His athleticism, speed and highlight-reel ability are key reasons why NFL teams are coveting the 20-year-old who decided to forego his senior season. Watkins is no stranger to stepping into the spotlight and performing at a high level. As a freshman at Clemson, he was selected as a first-team All-American. He would go on to repeat this feat during his sophomore and junior seasons. Last season, Watkins was able to haul in 101 passes for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns, and ultimately earned Orange Bowl MVP honors.
Watkins would be joining Pro Bowlers Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, and newly-signed Andrew Hawkins, as receiving targets. The addition of Ben Tate should free up the receiving corps and allow big plays to be made downfield. Even with the emergence of Gordon, the Browns have been in constant search of a receiving duo who can routinely move the chains and make plays. Watkins, who ran a 4.43 officially in the 40-yard dash, would be a perfect fit for a young Cleveland Browns offense that has a number of weapons, but was unable to remain consistent. If the Browns decide to draft Watkins, they’ll be getting the player most NFL experts are calling the top-rated skill player in the draft.
Last season, the Browns were in familiar position in that they were inconsistent on offense. The addition of Watkins would provide yet another weapon for whomever is behind center. With all the organizational changes for the Browns during the offseason, the 2014 draft will help set the tone for Cleveland’s development. If Sammy Watkins is available for the Browns to select at pick No. 4 and decide to choose him, it appears they would be getting a “can’t-miss” player.
If there’s any doubt as to what Watkins can bring to the NFL, take a look.