Former Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins, at this point, is considered the favorite pick to be the first at his position taken in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, and the latest head coach to win a Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, can certainly see why.
On Friday while meeting with the media, Carroll went out of his way to personally single out Watkins and all the great attributes that he brings to the table, making him that favorite choice among many to be the first wideout off the board.
“It all goes back to the makeup of the player,” Carroll said Friday. “I was watching Sammy Watkins take the stage as he gets measured today and I think he was like 6-1 and 211 pounds or something like that. What separates that guy? What makes him such a great football player? It’s all the other elements. It’s not his height-weight-speed. It’s all the other stuff that’s part of his makeup, his gifts. Also the experiences he’s had, the coaching he’s had, the opportunity to play with great players. He had a great quarterback going through college. It’s all of those things that make the guys what they are.
It’s near impossible that Watkins will still be on the board by the time that Carroll and the Super Bowl champs are ready to pick, but Carroll made it abundantly clear why any team would be lucky to have him.