It’s no surprise to hear the massive amount of hype surrounding Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins looks to be worth all of the hype that he’s receiving and possibly even more. The guy has speed, strength, he’s a great route runner and he can go up and get the jump balls.
While he’s an absolutely incredible athlete, the question is, which team will end up drafting Watkins this year? When you look at multiple mocks for the 2014 NFL Draft you’ll see a few different landing spots. Taking those likely scenarios into account here, I’m going to look at which two teams would be the best fits for Watkins.
Cleveland Browns: The best landing spot in my opinion would have to be the Browns. Many will wonder why the best spot for him would be on a team with Josh Gordon, who also doesn’t have a quarterback (although I do have a level of intrigue in Brian Hoyer‘s game). Well, the Browns have another pick in the first round also, and many expect them to take Watkins before taking their quarterback of the future then.
Regardless of their plan, getting Watkins and pairing him with whichever quarterback they like at No. 26 is an excellent scenario for Browns fans. I believe it’ll be either Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr ending up in Cleveland, and both of those guys will have no problem connect with both Watkins, Gordon and breakout tight end Jordan Cameron.
Even in that same situation, if the team doesn’t think that Bridgewater, Carr or whichever quarterback they choose is ready, then stick with Hoyer. Hoyer showed a ton of upside, and on top of that, he has a great connection with Gordon and Cameron.
St. Louis Rams: Someone, anyone, please help Sam Bradford. Tavon Austin finally started getting it going at the end of last season, and that makes this even more fun to consider. Put Watkins in there with Austin, and you have a duo that could cause massive issues for opposing defenses. I’m not sure that the Rams take Watkins, though, and it’s more likely that they draft an offensive lineman to protect Bradford.
While the Rams’ draft plans are pretty up in the air right now, drafting Watkins would be the type of move that the fanbase would likely get behind. It’s important to remember that the Rams have the 13th pick in the first round as well, so they could take a lineman there or even trade that pick and move down in the first round while acquiring additional picks.