There is no doubt that Sammy Watkins is the best wide receiver available in the 2014 NFL Draft. Watkins’ junior season (and final season) with Clemson consisted of 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. When it came to the receivers at the combine, all eyes were on Watkins and for good reason. This kid can play.
Sammy Watkins Combine Results (Courtesy of NFL.com)
40-yard dash – 4.43 seconds
Bench press – 16 reps
Vertical jump – 34.0 inch
Broad jump – 126.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.95 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.34 seconds
While Watkins more than likely won’t be on draft boards by the time pick 23 rolls around, Chiefs fans can dream, right? Watkins would be an amazing addition to a Chiefs offense that was on the rise throughout the second half of the 2013 season.
“Consistently turns 2-yard gains into 15-yard chunks”
Let’s start with that. If Smith throws a short pass to this guy and he runs an extra 15 yards, that would be huge for Kansas City in the 2014 season. Jamaal Charles seemed to be the only offensive player consistently making big plays last season so Watkins could take some of the workload off of Charles.
NFL.com continues on, saying that Watkins,
“– possesses big-time playmaking ability and is very effective creating in the open field on bubble screens and quick-hitting short/lateral tosses”
Similar to what was said above. Charles took on a lot of the offensive duties in 2013, which was great, but at the same time Chiefs fans feared what would happen if he went down with an injury. With Watkins in a Chiefs uniform, that fear wouldn’t be lingering around as much. Watkins could take more of those short tosses and Charles could focus more on running.
Watkins would be an immediate starter opposite Dwayne Bowe, and Smith would be a pretty happy guy knowing he’d have a young talented guy to throw the ball to for a few years in Kansas City.
Watkins is projected to go in the first round (most likely in the top five). Several mock drafts have him going to the Oakland Raiders. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen and that Watkins somehow drops to pick 23. The Chiefs offense would be one of the best in the league if they could snatch this guy up.
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