In terms of the most sought after NFL rookies at this year’s draft, Sammy Watkins absolutely had to rank right up there in the top three. Outside of Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel, I’m not sure that there was another player who got as much interest as Watkins did. It was a virtual lock that he’d find himself in the top five, but no one knew exactly where he’d end up going, although we had a hunch.
The original thought was that the former Clemson Tiger would find himself with the Cleveland Browns at the fourth pick. Part of that was right, as he went with the fourth pick, but it was a huge trade that sent the Buffalo Bills up the board, and moved the Browns down. The Bills drafted Watkins and now they have a stud wide receiver to put with the quarterback who they drafted last season in E.J. Manuel.
What Watkins brings to the table isn’t something you can teach. He has speed, excellent hands, he’s a great route runner and he’s basically just an all-around gamer. This was an incredible grab by the Bills, and they felt so confident in the decision to draft him, that soon after, they traded wide out Stevie Johnson. If you check the depth chart, Watkins is already penciled in as the number one receiver on the team.
Watkins may have competition for passes, but he won’t have competition out of the gate for the number one spot. I actually believe that pairing him up with Robert Woods and the speedster Marquise Goodwin will be a great thing for Buffalo. They made a move that the fans were hoping to see and it’s completely energized this fan base.
Watkins has the potential to not only be a star in this league, but he could be one of the rare wide receivers to come onto the scene and make a splash in his rookie year. Rookie of the Year candidate? Absolutely.