Scouting Report: Sammy Watkins

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Sammy Watkins

Jr. WR Clemson



Height: 6’1”                                Weight: 211                                  Arm length: 32”                     40 yard Dash: 4.43

Broad Jump: 126 in                  3 Cone: 6.95 sec                   Vertical jump: 34 in           20 yard Shuttle: 4.34 sec  

 


Strengths

·         Explosive athlete; elite speed  

·         Solid NFL body

·          Natural catcher who catches with his hands, not his body

·         Exceptional after the catch, speed and agility to turn the corner

·         Patient runner, will wait for blocks to set up

·         Determined runner who will run over smaller or out of position DBs

·         Buries his head to finish runs

·         Can high-point the ball, will go up and get it

·         Good at finding the soft spot in zones

·         Uses double moves and fakes in routes

·         Explodes out of his break

·         Good off the line beating the press

·         Nasty blocker who will get after it

 

Weaknesses

·         Isn’t as tall as you would like

·         Leaping ability also disappointing

·         Limited by the offense he played in

·         Needs to polish his route running

·         May need some time to mature into NFL offense

 

Analysis:

Sammy Watkins is one of the most explosive players in this draft. Most of the shortcomings in his game are due to the offense he played in at Clemson. The Clemson offense has two routes, stop and go. Because of that Watkins will need to learn to run the entire route tree and improve in that area. He also doesn’t possess elite size or leaping ability. This raises the question of whether or not he can be a top target in an offense. With all of that said, Watkins should be considered a top 10 draft pick because of his explosive athleticism. He has the ability to take the ball and go sixty yards at any given moment. He may take some time to transition to the NFL, but the wait will be worth it.