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Sammy Watkins

Report Prepared By John Harris


Class: Junior
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 211 lbs.
School: Clemson
  • Biletnikoff Award Finalist (2013)
  • Clemson's All-time leader in career TD, Receptions and Yards
  • First-team All-American (2011, 2013)
  • First-team All-ACC (2011, 2013)
  • 2014 Orange Bowl MVP - 16 receptions, 227 yards and two TD

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 4.43 seconds
  • Bench Press - 16 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 34"
  • Broad Jump - 10'6"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 6.95 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.34 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 32"
  • Hand size - 9 5/8"


  • Better than expected hands, bordering on excellent
  • Snatches the ball out of the air
  • Can get separation anywhere on the field
  • Effortless making deep catches down the field
  • Return abilities offer another layer to skill set
  • Most explosive player I've seen in this draft eligible class
  • Dynamic speed - great space player
  • Shows run after the catch ability in running sweeps and reverses


  • Doesn't have any shake in space
  • Not physical in the air deep downfield for ball - gets "out-fought" for ball.
  • Loses concentration when crossing the formation on a route or running slant into chaos
  • Question whether he wants to go across the middle
  • (Off the field) Suspended for two games in 2012, arrested on drug charges, no issues since

Film Room

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0:35 Snatches ball out of the air on ball thrown somewhat behind him
0:44 The epitome of what will have teams salivating - watch the burst upfield…plants right foot and WOW
1:41 Again, another instance of his glue sticks for hands, eroding thought of him as raw receiver

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1:19 Body control, concentration, over the shoulder catch - this is special


Going into my film study on Watkins, mentally, I had formed my opinion on Watkins.  Speedy and explosive, but raw as a receiver.  I was half right and arguably only a quarter right.  No doubt he can fly, but his burst is off the freaking charts.  From point A to point B, there's no more dynamically volatile player in college football.  When he plants his foot in the ground and decides to go, he moves at a rate of speed unmatched by anyone else on the field. 
That said, he displays strong hands, catches the ball away from his body and isn't nearly raw as a receiver as I had perceived.  With his ability to run the football on sweeps and reverses, he's an intriguing prospect for a number of teams with varied offensive schemes.  He must prove that he'll go across the middle and not just be a receiver that wins outside the numbers.  He doesn't like to catch the ball in traffic and he loses concentration when he's surrounded.

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